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This pattern is one of the simplest Tai Chi movements, as it involves no torso movement or weight shifting. It is completely done with the arms. Because this pattern is done with just the arms, it is sometimes called Raise Hands or Lift Arms. It's also sometimes called Tai Chi Commencement, as it usually is the first pattern found in longer Tai Chi sets. We prefer the name Lifting Water, which has been said to be the original Shaolin Kung-fu name for the movement. We've heard that in the Shaolin Temple, this arm-lifting exercise was practiced holding jugs of water as an early form of strength training. In "kinesthetic" Tai Chi, however, the emphasis is not on strength per se, but on relaxed movement using deeper layer muscles.
Tai Chi's Lifting Water - The Visual Approach
First, here are some simple visual instructions on how to perform this movement. Lifting Water uses continuous movement. Use the step-by-step photos to help you understand the basics, but realize that the still photos are not stopping points in the motion, since the motion should be continuous and "flow".
Step 1: Stand in a comfortable stance with some distance between your feet. Your arms should be at your sides, with your elbows turned out slightly.
Step 2: Inhale and lift up your arms slowly, until your hands are somewhere between chest and shoulder height.
Step 3: Now exhale and begin lowering your arms slowly from the shoulders.
Step 4: Continue exhaling and lowering your arms back to the starting position.
Before you continue on with this article, I'd like you to get out of your chair - right now! - and start learning this Tai Chi movement. Get up and try to learn this exercise from the above photos. The only way you are going to understand what I'm talking about in the rest of this article is if you try it. You have to experience the "visual" approach that I've just used above, and then experience the "kinesthetic" approach below. Just sitting in your chair and reading about it does not count!
"Monkey-See, Monkey-Do" - And You're The Monkey!
OK, from this point on, I'll assume you've learned Lifting Water using the above description and photos. If that's the case, what you've just experienced is how Tai Chi is taught "visually." Whether it's a book, a video, or an in-person class, you watch the instructor, and then try to copy her movements. The goal of this instruction is to try to make your movements look like your instructor's. We often call this "monkey-see, monkey-do" instruction. The teacher, book, or video may include some "verbal" instructions to supplement the visual "monkey-see, monkey-do" teaching. Beyond simple instructions like those I wrote above, some teachers will tell you to "stay relaxed" as you do Lifting Water. They will tell you that Tai Chi should be done "flowingly" with all your movements "smooth" and "graceful." And they may emphasize over and over - "relax, relax, relax" as you move.
How "NOT" To Teach Relaxation
I have a rather strong opinion on this next point: I personally think that just telling students to "stay relaxed" is a sign of incompetent teaching. Just saying those words is worthless - it's a sure sign of a poorly trained teacher, an inefficient teaching method, or both. After all, if you already knew how to "stay relaxed" while you moved, you wouldn't be going to the trouble to learn
a kinesthetic approach opens up an entire new "world" of experience and understanding in Tai Chi and Qigong. After all. This detail is what we teach instead of pointlessly telling our students to "stay relaxed!" And trust me . relaxation is a feeling. As a matter of fact.Tai Chi! And it's also pointless to "demonstrate" how to stay relaxed. . you never have to be "told" to stay relaxed. However. even so "simple" a movement as Lifting Water. with a kinesthetic approach to Lifting Water. you'll see that these kinesthetic details increase the power of Lifting Water. It will automatically happen when you are given the proper kinesthetic instructions. So let's take a look at just one kinesthetic detail that adds some "feeling" to this movement. You'll find an immense complexity of details and feelings in any Tai Chi or Qigong movement. Kinesthetic details "pump up" the level of benefits you'll receive from this so-called "simple" Tai Chi movement. kinesthetic students learn more about Lifting Water (and indeed Tai Chi) in just a few weeks than many "visual" instructors know after decades! But even more importantly. As a matter of fact. and no amount of watching someone do the movements will ever teach you how it feels. You'll come away with a greater appreciation of how a kinesthetic approach makes Tai Chi one of the most powerful and beneficial types of Qigong there is.it will only take one detail to convince you of the power of the kinesthetic approach. Here's an excerpt directly from our ChiFusion™ Level 2 program.
In other words. One of our most important goals in the ChiFusion™ program is to make the movements feel a certain way to you.A Kinesthetic Experiment in Relaxed Movement We often start many of our ChiFusion™ workshops and classes by telling our students: "When we do a Tai Chi or Qigong movement. and to Tai Chi and Qigong masters and senior instructors. we want you to feel the same way doing the movement that Tai Chi and Qigong masters and instructors feel when they do it. than the movement will feel to you." . We want the movements to feel to you the same way they feel to us when we do them.Excerpt from ChiFusion™ Level 2 Pushing The Wall . it often feels quite differently to us.
when done properly. If you don't. you won't get the proper feeling that we want you to experience. Note: You will need to follow these directions precisely. While it may have been simple for you to learn.You've now learned the basic arm movements for Lifting Water. you might want to take it easy with this Pushing the Wall experiment. You have to actually try the exercise to fully understand and experience it. respect your body's limits and don't over do it. Don't be an "arm-chair" Tai Chi student! Try this experiment out for the full kinesthetic experience! Note: If you have any health concerns. However. we have an experiment we teach in our classes that. Especially if this is your first time doing anything like this. And reading about this experiment is not enough. We call this experiment Pushing the Wall. will "trick" your body into making the movement feel the same way that it feels to us. But if you are relatively healthy. GO FOR IT! . for us to give you the "correct" feeling is a bit more difficult.
For this experiment. then push against the wall a second time. You should push VERY HARD! The harder. blank wall. push as hard as possible against the wall with the back of your wrists. Pay special attention to how your arms feel each time you lift them into the air.Here are the instructions for Pushing the Wall. first perform Lifting Water about 5 to 10 times. Push. Now you will need to stand facing a sturdy. and place the backs of your wrists against the wall. The harder you can push. 1. 3. PUSH REALLY HARD! Push even harder this time. Now take a 5 second break. You should push harder and harder for about 10 to 15 seconds. 2. the more successful this experiment will be. . 4. for 10 to 15 more seconds. Now. Stand as close to the wall as possible. the better. Use every bit of strength you have to push against the wall with your wrists. push.
By tiring them out.DON'T STOP! The harder you push. If your arms are getting tired. your deeper layer muscles "kicked in" to help . The movement will feel more effortless and relaxed. 6.push. By pushing against the wall. Your arms will feel more like they are "floating" or "rising" by themselves. you "tired out" your surface layer muscles . Do they feel differently this time? Try to describe to yourself the difference between how your arms felt in step 1 above. KEEP PUSHING AND PUSHING . and push more! 5. Keep pushing. step away from the wall. then begin pushing again. keep pushing. After about 20 to 30 seconds.the muscles most people use for normal movement. Now take another 5 second break. basically we tricked your body into using deeper layer muscles to perform the movements. Now perform Lifting Water again. and how they feel now. Excerpt from ChiFusion™ Level 2 (continued) Pushing the Wall: How Deeper Layer Muscles Produce Relaxed Movement If you performed the Pushing the Wall experiment and followed our directions precisely. your second set of Lifting Water should feel quite differently than your first set did. paying attention to how your arms feel. don't stop! We want to push as hard as you can for 20 to 30 seconds this time. How did this exercise work? Well. the better this experiment will work.
Basic Movement" Download WMV When you see instructor Carole Taylor demonstrate the movement in the video.just like a Tai Chi master! As you progress in the ChiFusion™ program. take a look at the video from our ChiFusion Level 2 course for this movement. Video: Watch "Lifting Water . your body will eventually learn to use these deeper physical structures automatically.with the pushing against the wall. your deeper layer muscles were fully engaged and ready to help you with Lifting Water. advanced Tai Chi and Qigong instructors and masters don't need to use tricks. While we used a trick to give you this feeling. Now that you've experienced how this movement should feel. You'll know that the smooth relaxed movement you see her performing comes from using these deeper layer muscles. You can view the video by clicking on the "video" window below. but the Pushing the Wall exercise shows you can do it too . . They can engage these deeper layer muscles under conscious command without having to "push the wall" first. but how it feels to her. By the time you stepped away from the wall. you'll now know not just how the movement looks. That may seem fantastic to you at this point. but with torso and leg movements as well. They can not only use the deeper layer muscles with arm movements.
at least they are trying!) However.End of excerpt As I said before. And I don't have to say another word about it! I'm confident you now have an appreciation of the power of a kinesthetic approach to Tai Chi . you have to get out of your chair and try Pushing the Wall. (As a matter of fact. if you did try the exercises in this article. If all you've done is read about the exercise and about deeper layer muscles. you've missed the entire point of this article! You are no better off than if you were a student or a teacher in a "visual" Tai Chi or Qigong program. you are worse off . you now have first-hand experience in both the "visual" and "kinesthetic" approaches to Tai Chi and Qigong.
And best of all you've seen that with a kinesthetic approach. Best of all. and developing energy and vitality. so anyone can fit them into a busy schedule. and our Level 1 "body" exercises work primarily on flexibility and range of motion. Despite its ancient origins. stress. and low energy.all from just one kinesthetic detail .and a simple one at that! I'm certain you now see how these details can increase your level of physical and energetic awareness. we're going to learn our first Qigong exercise. you can learn to "feel" like a Tai Chi and Qigong master . So let's get started right! . inhibited movement. you'll learn eight simple exercises from a style of Qigong called The Eight Brocades. and even problems such as bad backs.and Qigong . When you get the Level 1 course as part of your Complete ChiFusion Course. and how this approach will help you reach your goals of improving your health. called "Hold The Sky With Both Palms". the eight simple movements that comprise the Eight Brocades can be practiced in as little as 10 minutes a day. weak joints. it works on exactly the problems many people face today: lost flexibility. This Qigong style has been around in some form for over 800 years. relieving stress. tight physical structures. This practice is taken directly from Level 1 of our Complete ChiFusion™ Course. tension. The theme of Level 1 is Opening Body and Mind.right from your very first lesson! Opening Your Body In this lesson.
B. because our stance can either help or hinder us as we learn to open our bodies.To help you open your body. The Wuji Stance The way we stand while practicing Tai Chi and Qigong is important. ." This pattern also incorporates both the Wuji Stance you'll learn in the first part of the lesson. So we start our study by learning the proper way to stand. Hold The Sky With Both Palms We'll finish our first lesson with an extremely beneficial Eight Brocades pattern called "Hold The Sky with Both Palms. The Wuji stance is one of the most fundamental stances used in Tai Chi and Qigong. Before we get started with this lesson though. we need to cover some important practice tips. Nearly every style of Tai Chi and Qigong starts with this standing posture. we'll cover two important topics in this lesson: A.
methodical learners who recognize their current physical. we've seen the entire spectrum of students: fast learners. . the physically fit. our most successful students tend to be slow. natural talents. In this time. the most talented. "klutzes". and they practice within those limits. or the most athletic to succeed. As a matter of fact. and just about every body type imaginable! With the ChiFusion™ approach. athletes. slow learners. and emotional limitations. you do not need to be a fast learner.Four Easy Principles to Success in our Program We've taught Tai Chi and Qigong to hundreds of students over the past 15 years of our combined teaching experience. mental. those with injuries and handicaps. "couch-potatoes".
Ten minutes of practice each day will bring you faster results than practicing in large bursts of an hour or more a few times a week. 2. you too can get the most out of the ChiFusion™ approach and start seeing physical. we've learned that if you do just four simple things. If you follow these four simple steps. and use the still images to help you review what you've learned. Stay within your limits. Practice a little each day consistently. 3. Practice at a level that allows you to enjoy the exercises but still see benefits. Read and reread the lessons. Take your time. and emotional benefits almost immediately! . (We'll talk more about practicing within your limits in the "Important Practice Points" section below. you'll greatly increase the benefits and enjoyment you'll get from the ChiFusion™ program: 1. Review what you've learned frequently. mental. Work through the lessons at a measured pace and take your time in understanding the ChiFusion™ details.From working with our students. and learn slowly and methodically. watch the videos numerous times. It's better to learn a few exercises well than lots of them carelessly.) 4.
Please keep in mind your own .Important Practice Points! Here are some important points to keep in mind while practicing. Safety first! When working through our lessons. 1. you are responsible for your own safety.
Frequent Breaks Take breaks frequently. The 70% rule Here's a rule-of-thumb to use when training. 3.both physically and emotionally . how long you practice in a given session. then stop! 2. then do it. Any type of straining represents 100% or more. If it doesn't feel good. In other words. how many repetitions you do. then practice at only 70% of that maximum level. wasting energy and causing injury. go only 40% or less. well.limitations and skill level. if we ask you to bend over and reach towards your toes. And if you are injured or hurt. take one immediately. . Practicing at the 40% or less level will give your injury the time and energy to heal without aggravating it. your ankles would be your 100%. Qigong and Tai Chi can be more challenging . Estimate your greatest ability to perform any given exercise. if it feels good. So you should only reach down to your knees or shins. Do not do anything that in your estimation is physically unsafe or emotionally uncomfortable. and you know that you can only reach as far as your ankles. If you feel you need a break. Apply this 70% rule to everything: how far you stretch. For example.than it looks.
look at the photo at right. .Important Note About the Video and Photos in This Lesson All of the still images and videos in this lesson are done in mirror-image. let's get started. As an example. you would reach up with your right hand and press down with your left hand. You should follow along with the movements as if you were looking in a mirror. Now that you understand these important practice points. If you were doing this movement.
formless. comfortable stance without extremes of any kind. stable. ." This refers to the fact that this stance is a balanced. By practicing with proper stance. we can increase the levels of relaxation we'll feel while doing Qigong.The Wuji Stance Since many of the Qigong exercises you'll learn are done standing. The way we stand while practicing Tai Chi and Qigong is important. or without extremes. This stance is called the "Wuji" stance. because our stance can either help or hinder us as we learn to open our bodies. let's first take a look at a basic Tai Chi and Qigong stance. "Wuji" loosely translated means "unlimited.
The first photo at right shows a splayed-out position. place your feet so that they are parallel. Over time. and 2) you've compensated for the atrophy by tensing the surface muscles. tendons. As much as possible. The second photo shows the proper position. with the second toe (next to big toe) pointing forward. if you work towards the correct foot position. with the foot flat on the ground except of course for the arch. This is not the same as the splayed-out foot position. you'll find you'll be able release this surface tension while allowing the deeper structures to do the work for which they were designed.It Starts with the Feet! To stand in the Wuji stance. and bones) may have atrophied a bit. Your weight should be equally distributed over your foot. Don’t rock . your stance will be slightly narrower than hip width. you'll need to place your feet directly under hip sockets. but this may be due to the fact that 1) the deeper physical structures in your legs (ligaments. The hip socket is where your leg connects into your torso inside your hip. The correct foot position may feel uncomfortable at first. Since this is not the same as the outside of your hips. Notice in the photo the difference between the outside of the hip and the location of the hip socket. which is the way most people stand.
and do not let them roll out. . Your ankles should be directly over your heels. Stand with a slight bend to your knees. Do not lock your knees (as in the first photo at right). collapsing your arches. but do not bend them excessively (as in the second photo). A slight. Do not let your ankles roll in. relaxed. putting stress on the ankles. comfortable bend is what we're looking for. This slight bend will help you feel more balanced and stable.back on your heels or rock forward on balls of feet.
stomach in. and we're in danger of becoming "top-heavy. lower back arched." For maximum relaxation in Wuji stance. think about how you would start to sit down in a chair. and keep the lower back open and flat. you should stand with your lower back and hips relaxed downward. This is exactly the opposite of what we want! When we thrust out the chest and arch the lower back in military posture. we are increasing the amount of muscular tension in our upper body. Feel how much more relaxed and tension-free this feels when compared to military posture. relax the stomach outward. we let the chest relax downward. For the torso. For the proper position. Hips.Legs. but only go the first inch or so. shoulder’s held back. allow the shoulders to drop. . This "sitting down" feeling will position your lower back and hips properly. first think of "military" posture: chest out. and Torso in Wuji Stance In Wuji stance. This allows the weight of our upper body to sink to our legs and feet. The buttocks should be relaxed downward as well and not sticking out.
Keep your shoulders in a neutral position. and Head In the Wuji stance. allow your arms to relax and hang comfortably at your side. The head should rest on top of neck. Arms.Shoulders. . not pulled back or wrapped forward. Do not thrust your head forward or tilt it back. with the ear centered over the middle of your shoulder.
The Wuji stance uses your body in the way it was designed for standing up-right. Note." It's a habit you've learned. and as you start . you are allowing the structure of your body (bones. that most of us are used to standing improperly and using tension to hold us upright. ligaments. and tendons) to hold you upright.A Relaxed Harmony of Body Structure and Gravity In the Wuji stance. We're so used to this tension that at first a correct. however. instead of using your muscles to fight gravity. tension-free stance may feel unnatural! Just be aware that your current tension-filled stance is "habitual" not "natural.
not bent too much • Lower back open .hips and buttocks relaxed down • Arms relaxed. There are many books and videos that teach this exercise. it's time to use it in a Qigong movement. .opening your body in Level 1. Practice the Wuji Stance Now take a few moments and practice the Wuji stance. Keep these important points in mind: • Feet under the hip sockets • Feet parallel . and head centered over shoulders Improve Your Health with "Secret" NeverPublished Details! Now that you've learned the Wuji Stance.second toe points forward • Weight equally distributed over both feet • Knees slightly bent . The next Qigong movement is Hold the Sky with Both Palms from ChiFusion Level 1.not locked. but only our course includes all of the kinesthetic ChiFusion details that we teach you below. you'll be able to release this habit and learn to relax naturally into the proper stance. shoulders neutral.
especially Detail # 5. Tai Chi Qigong Instructor. researching. Such valuable information and it is so easy to understand. I was attracted to your program because of all the information and details you give. Your ChiFusion Courses are unbeatable and very reasonable in price. CA . To our knowledge. Reiki Master/Teacher. Whittier. "I am so glad I finally bought the course. I have been practicing. studying Tai Chi and Qigong for 5 years. this "secret" detail for Hold the Sky has never been published in any other book or video! How important are these kinesthetic details? Just read what one of our students told us: "Your Courses Are Unbeatable" says Instructor "Thank you for your Complete Course.Deborah Moen." -.Thank you for all the research you have done. Being able to access it on the Internet is so easy. I have read many books and practiced from video's from some of our best peers. I have tried many programs and classes. I was thrilled to get your program and experience the kinesthetic details and see the anatomy and the video and all the explaining on how to do this correctly.So even if you already know this exercise. Certified Relaxation Therapist. check out these details.
and vitality! . There's no guessing about why you are doing a particular movement. stress relief.Click here to read more success stories! Hold The Sky With Both Palms Each Qigong or Tai Chi movement lesson in your full ChiFusion™ Complete course starts by telling you the direct and immediate benefits you'll get from the lesson. as you have to do in some programs. We'll tell you exactly how each exercise helps you on your way to health.
The idea of "burners" symbolizes energy being produced in the body through the "combustion" of the raw materials of oxygen and food. the arm movements in this exercise stimulate the circulation of lymph from the lymph nodes in the armpits. And finally. . torso. This pattern is excellent for stimulating the chi energy meridians that are associated with these combustive processes. Hold the Sky is great for: • opening up the body. Lymph is a critical component of the immune system. and to activate chi meridians (the energy pathways that flow through your body) in the arms. the Triple Burners refer to the respiration. This pattern also allows you to connect yourself with both the sky and the earth. but in general.The Benefits of Hold The Sky The next pattern we'll learn is called Hold the Sky With Both Palms. digestion. • increasing flexibility and range of motion. and elimination processes of the body. Hold The Sky benefits the "Triple Burners. • activating the immune system via the lymph nodes in the shoulder/armpit area. • improving balance and coordination. On an energetic level. • better digestion and elimination. our body requires movement to actively circulate it. and legs. • improved respiration and breathing. • waist and back problems." In Traditional Chinese Medicine. The circulation of lymph through movement may be one reason why active people are healthier and more resistant to disease than inactive people. On a physical level.
The movements should be accompanied by slow and deep breathing. Your lessons also include full motion video and near CD-quality audio. Remember that all of the still images and videos are done in mirror-image. and energetic benefits. ." Just like the photos. the videos are mirrorimaged to make them easy to follow! Video: Watch "Hold the Sky with Both Palms" Download WMV How to Hold The Sky As you practice Hold the Sky or any of the Qigong movements in the course. you'll then find a step-by-step explanation of the Qigong pattern. so that you can see exactly how the movements "flow. stress relief. please remember to move slowly and stay relaxed. clear photos to help you get the most health. You should follow along with the movements as if you were looking in a mirror.After the benefits section in each lesson. The explanation is written in an easy-to-follow style and includes large.
.Step 1: Stand in Wuji Stance.
Step 3: Now exhale. The movements of pushing to the sky and of rocking forward on the feet happen at the same time. At the same time. but not locked. to chest level. Interlace the fingers and inhale as you lift your hands. rock forward onto the balls of your feet. near your lower abdomen/navel area. and lift the heels off the ground. . Your elbows should be straight. and push them to the sky. with the palms facing up. flip the hands over.Step 2: Bring your hands together in front of your body.
.Step 4: Inhale and lower the heels back to the ground.
(Remember.) .Step 5: Exhale as you bend from the waist to your left. Bend to your left. photos are mirror-imaged.
Step 6: Inhale and straighten up. .
Step 7: Exhale as you bend from the waist now to your right .
.Step 8: Inhale and straighten up.
and lower arms to the sides. then lower your hands. Step 10: Now turn the palms down. An Important Reminder! As we mentioned in the introductory material. we're not concerned with making your movements look like your .Step 9: Exhale and unlace the fingers. with palms facing up. Repeat this exercise a number of times slowly before continuing with this lesson. to shoulder height. continue exhaling.
Your movements should be within 70% of your range of motion. but adapt them to fit your own physical strengths and limitations. not how it looks compared to Carole's. We have never published these details publicly before. . What makes our program so successful? It's our special ChiFusion™ Details! They outline hidden "kinesthetic" details that give you physical and energetic benefits you wouldn't get just by watching and copying your instructor. we've learned that a movement that "feels" the right way will give you more benefits than one that merely looks a certain way. It's better to do a smaller movement that is structurally correct than to do a larger movement that ignores the principles of good body structure. Remember to apply this "feeling" approach to all the movements in this course! From our experience in teaching hundreds of students. Do not copy Carole's movements. As you look at the above video and photos. We can't emphasize this enough. Up until this point. even if that means you rise or bend only an inch or two. Concentrate on how the movement feels. The ChiFusion™ Details section below will help you concentrate on getting the right feeling. You do not need to rise as high or bend as far as Carole does.instructor's. This concept is the basic principle of the entire ChiFusion™ approach. keep in mind that instructor Carole Taylor is showing you the "textbook" ideal movement. That is your ideal movement. We're more concerned with making your movements feel the right way.
read detail 1. ChiFusion™ Details for Hold The Sky Here are some important details for this pattern. For now. and practice five to ten times just concentrating on detail 2. you'll find that you learn the details better. As a matter of fact. By practicing them individually. . then practice the pattern five to ten times just concentrating on this detail. Continue this way through all the details.they've been available only to students in our private classes. a number of these details have been available only to those who have studied directly with masters and senior instructors in Tai Chi and Qigong. Then move on to detail 2. practice each of these details one at a time. rather than trying to combine them. and will eventually be able to do all of them simultaneously much sooner than if you try to mix them together from the start. For example.
make sure your interlaced hands come up your centerline and are directly overhead of the centerline when they reach their highest point. Any height of your hands overhead is OK as long as they are on the centerline. Imagine a line that runs right down the center of your body.1. and into the groin. and groin" on a single line. down the forehead. but may be slightly in front of your head. center of the chest. Depending on your level of flexibility. In this pattern. the navel. We sometimes shorten this to say that the centerline connects the "nose. This imaginary centerline runs from the top of the head. your hands may not be directly overhead. chin. navel. dividing your body into a left and right half. nose. Hands Come Up Centerline 2. .
as shown in the second photo. Hands and Head Stay Centered 4. Bend only as far as you comfortably can while keeping your hands and head on your centerline. Instead. Notice in the first photo how instructor Carole Taylor has let her head dip to the side. keep your hands and head in line with the centerline. and do not let your arms stretch farther than your head.3. Don't copy how far Carole bends. . Remember: it's better to do a small movement that keeps your hands and head in line than a larger movement that doesn't. During Bend Make sure your hands and head stay centered as you bend left and right. Do not allow your head to tip or tilt to the side.
Notice in the first photo how Carole's feet are no longer in line with the hip socket. one foot is actually in line with her groin! Instead. and Feet Stay on Ground 6. as Carole shows in the second photo. the hips should stay positioned in the same place during the entire exercise. bend from the waist area (around your beltline) rather than shifting your hips. keep both of your feet flat on the ground. or to the left when you bend to the right. Hips over Feet. . To do this. As you bend. In fact.5. and on your left foot when you bend to the right. Do not allow your hips to shift to the right when you bend to the left. Keep your hips over your feet as you bend. One hint for doing this: Think about keeping weight on your right foot when you bend to the left.
9. 3. After bending and unlacing fingers at the end of the bends. the palms go through three positions on the way down.7. rotate the palms so that they face down and return arms to side. Palms face each other when they are overhead. They are: 1. Make sure you keep your palms facing the sky all the way . Three Palm Positions 8. Palms face the sky as they are lowered to shoulder height. 2. At shoulder height.
One tell-tale sign that this has happened is that her blouse actually hangs rather loosely away from her . Probably the most important detail for Hold The Sky is bending properly. 10. which causes a sharp angle in the upper body. do not collapse your midriff or the sides of your torso. in order to open up your shoulders and shoulder blades. This will cut off energy and circulation.from over head to shoulder height. You'll see that Carole has bent by collapsing her midriff. Look at the first photo at right. Do not rotate the palms down until they are at shoulder height. reducing the body-opening value of this exercise. Bend by Extending 11. When you bend to the side.
imagine reaching up and out with your arms. then add this visualization to help engage your mind for mental concentration: . This will help open up your spine and upper body. and mental concentration. giving you the proper feeling needed in this movement.body on the side that is bending. head. To bend properly. She bends by extending up and out with her entire torso during the bend. The above steps and details describe the movement and breathing. breathing. giving her the added benefit of opening the torso and spine. This keeps her from collapsing her midriff. Carole shows you the proper way to bend. Engaging Your Mind in Hold The Sky As we said in the introduction. Practice the steps and details until you are familiar with them. and torso continuously while you are bending. Qigong combines movement. 12. In the second photo.
then connecting it to the sand below your feet. As you bend to the sides. . your hands actually run along the clouds. As you lift your hands overhead. • Breathe gently and easily in unison with your movement. • Review the details outlined above. how high you raise on your heels. Also remember to keep to 40% or less if you are injured. especially with a back injury. As you lower your hands. with no abrupt or jerky movements. Use this rule for the amount of time that you practice.Imagine or visualize standing on an ocean beach. and how far you bend from side to side. Practicing Hold The Sky Please keep in mind the 70% rule when you practice. how far you stretch your hands over your head. Now take a few moments and practice the Hold The Sky pattern. This visualization will help open your body and stimulate the appropriate chi energy meridians as you practice this exercise. you are reaching up and expanding all the way to the sky and into the clouds. imagine pulling energy from the sun and sky. Keep these important points in mind: • Move smoothly during the entire exercise.
4. 1. from the printouts or from your laptop. 5.. PRINT the lesson on you printer if you don't have a laptop computer that you can move around and if you don't have space to practice in your computer room. then click on the orange button to go to the lesson. any step-by-step instruction. Read through the new lesson. and any details. Start trying to practice the movements.. I strongly urge you NOT to get into the habit of following along with the videos or the online course. 3. 2. If you are practicing in front of your laptop or computer. Take your laptop or printouts to your practice area. Watch the introductory video.Tips for Practicing ============================== A few people have asked me the best way to learn from an online Tai Chi course. . 6. Here's what I suggest . paying attention to the benefits. When you get a new lesson from me. go to your computer and log into the online course.
The greatest benefit of our ChiFusion courses is that you can organize your learning and practice the way that works BEST FOR YOU! . No matter how far you are into the lesson. You can pick up at this place the next time you practice. so you really learn them. and after 10 minutes. Following along a few times is OK. stop your learning session. 7. these are just suggestions. Of course. but make sure practice the movements WITHOUT the video and the course. just stop. Keep an eye on the clock or set a timer.
Three "Meridian" Techniques to Improve Chi Flow By: Al Simon Greetings The phrase "a game of inches" is usually associated with horseshoes. and Locking . with a few good benefits. your Tai Chi and Qigong practice is a pleasant exercise. By that. But as many of you are noticing. your Tai Chi and Qigong practice . So if you practice without this level of precision. But with this level of precision. being just an inch or a few centimeters off in the movement can seriously prevent you from improving your chi flow. if you are required to move your hand.Tracing. Pulling. Chi Development is a game of inches as well. For example. we mean that you Chi Development requires precise movements.
The "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth is a simple exercise. you'll find an exercise called "Touch Heaven and Earth" that is an excellent example. Go to Level 1. because they focus almost exclusively on chi flow. In addition. as opposed to the chi storage practices we explore in higher levels. but underneath the surface hide complex interactions in your chi energy systems. And "meridian" tiao shen are physical "tuning skills" that we use to improve the efficiency of our meridian system and encourage chi flow. the Level 1 exercises appear simple. relieve stress.allows you to reach your full Chi potential to improve your health. In Level 1. If you are already one of our advanced training students. "Tiao shen" means "tuning the body". But despite its simplicity. please open another browser window and log in to the Complete Course. and click on Lesson 2. you'll find a number of high-level precision details and instructions for Touch Heaven and Earth designed to encourage chi flow. Meridian Tiao Shen Precision really comes into play when we are talking about developing chi flow using "meridian tiao shen" movements. involving only hand and arm movement. Then click on "Next Page" to get to Lesson 2B: Touch Heaven and Earth. Let's take a look at three of these "meridian tiao shen" skills from Level 1 of our ChiFusion Complete Course. and gain energy and vitality. and it refers to precise skills and movements that teach you body structure. So right now. . Exercises from Level 1 make good examples. I'd suggest that you follow along with the discussion below using your Complete Course.
Those of you who have received personal coaching from me in our coaching course know that I insist on making sure this "sweep to the hip" is performed with as much precision as possible.Channel Tracing Let's start with Detail #2 in the "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth. By moving the hands in a path that is close to or parallel to a given meridian or vessel. you . entitled "Correct Path of Hand Downward". Channel tracing involves tracing chi meridians or vessels with our hand movements. The theory here is that the hands are a large source of both emitted and surrounding chi. notice how it falls down to the navel then sweeps to the side diagonally to the side of the hip. This is a way of encouraging circulation and/or storage using the chi surrounding the hands as a guide. As your hand performs its downward movement. That's because this movement is one of many "channel tracing" techniques you'll find in the ChiFusion course.
that doesn't matter. This movement of the hand is meant to draw the "attention" of your energy system on the Dai Mai to help draw chi to that vessel. instructor Carole Taylor and I have long arms in relation to our torso. As your hand sweeps to the side in Touch Heaven and Earth. While that is ideal. When we perform the movement are hands are somewhat below the Dai Mai.the Gall Bladder #27 point. The Dai Mai is a chi vessel that encircles the body near the waist and intersects the Gall Bladder meridian. As you become more energetically aware. For example. so our trace is much lower. as the hand sweeps to the side. . Gall Bladder #28. What is important here that the hand movement should at least be parallel and in the same direction as the Dai Mai. it roughly traces the front part of the Dai Mai ("Belt Vessel"). your hand movement does not need to be right over the top of the Dai Mai.encourage energy to circulate in the chi meridian or to collect in the vessel. the Dai Mai encircles the waist horizontally. it traces the front part of the Dai Mai and finishes near one of the following acupuncture points that lie on the Dai Mai . your movement actually depends on the length of the arm. However. Note that as you perform Touch Heaven and Earth.) In Touch Heaven and Earth. It is an important chi storage vessel that stores and feeds chi to the organs in this part of the body. (Not certain of the difference between a meridian or a vessel? See the "Energy Pathways" introduction to Level 2 in the Complete Course. you will feel the chi movement in your Dai Mai when you perform this hand sweep. While most energy pathways traverse the body vertically. or the Dai Mai #2.
At the crown of the head. The Bai Hui is an important point for collecting and emitting chi through the top of the head. your body can improve the flow of chi through the meridians that intersect with the Bai Hui. The Bai Hui is known to acupuncturists as GV20. entitled "Correct Path of Hand Upward". Bai Hui roughly means "Meeting of the 100" in reference to the large number of chi meridians that meet at this point at the top of the head. The Governing Vessel is on the centerline of the body. is a point known as the the Bai Hui. .out through the point to the surrounding chi field for "re-processing".chi that has become unmoving . By pushing out this stagnant chi. In Chi theory. on the centerline.Point Pulling Now let's look at Detail #1 in the "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth. or the 20th point on the Governing Vessel. As you lift your hand. one purpose of points like the Bai Hui is to help push "stagnant chi" . notice how we ask you to keep your hand on your centerline as you press it over head.
but not completely necessary. much as if you were a puppet or marionette being pulled by a string on top of your head. you may actually feel a pulling sensation at the top of your hand as you perform this movement. the exact position of your hand as you pull stagnant chi will depend on your arm length. the energy pathway on the centerline of the body that includes the Bai Hui. Locking . Being exactly over the Bai Hui is ideal. Once again. You'll use the chi from your hand to help "pull" stagnant chi out of the meridians that meet at the Bai Hui. What is necessary though is that you be right on the Governing Vessel. As you become more in tune with your energy system.As you press your hand overhead in Touch Heaven and Earth. you'll use a "pulling" technique that will assist the "pushing" out being done naturally by your energy system. This Governing Vessel alignment will help pull the stagnant chi out through the Bai Hui.
In Touch Heaven and Earth. In other words. the fingers should point right. though you might actually feel it all the way down to your shoulder. In other words. Those of you who've studied martial arts recognize this as an "Adductive Wristlock" in which the back of the wrist is being rotated inward. In martial arts. This creates a twisting movement localized to the wrist and forearm.Finally. when pressing the right hand overhead. the movement builds chi in the arms before releasing and . we instruct you to keep your fingers pointing to the opposite side as you lift your hand and press overhead. This detail means that as you lift your hand overhead. When pressing the left hand. Energetically. entitled "Direction of Fingers During Movement". let's look at Detail #3 in the "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth. we often perform these wristlocks on the wrist of our opponent. In this detail. your fingers should point left. localized twisting movements like this cause "chi pressurization" in the meridians of the arm. you will be rotating your palm outward and away from the body. we are applying the wristlock to our own wrist.
the water spurts through the hose and will clean out anything blocking its path. Stress Relief. before lowering your hand. we apply a gradual twist. what I consider one of our most important practices. Precise Techniques for Health. Locking techniques often result in dramatic experiences of chi. while it's still overhead. During the rising. then releasing to push out blockages is a primary technique we use throughout the ChiFusion course. and Chi Development While the techniques of "Channel Tracing" and "Point Pulling" are subtle. The imagery often used is that of water flowing through a garden hose. which then spurts through the meridians cleaning any blockages when the twist is released. Twisting to lock chi. In Touch Heaven and Earth. as you twist. there's nothing subtle about "Locking". That's why you should flip the hand over. especially as it starts to descend to the Dai Mai for the sweep to the side.redirecting it throughout the rest of the body. we instruct you to flip the hand over while it is still overhead BEFORE you allow it to drop. you build up chi in the meridians of the arms. Flipping over the hand while it is still in the air will heighten the sensation of released chi in the arm. . But we don't want a gradual release as you lower the hand. water stops and builds up pressure. especially in Level 2's Spiraling Qigong. We want a sudden release. to enhance this "spurt-on-release". This is important: Do not simply perform the lowering of the hand as a "mirror image" of the rising. Likewise. As you step on the hose. and when you release the pressure.
As you can see. point pulling. keep practicing. and the Microcosmic Orbit By: Al Simon Greetings - .keep practicing those ChiFusion details! Touch Heaven and Earth . Techniques such as channel tracing. So until next time. and gain energy and vitality. even an exercise as simple as the "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth is filled with many opportunities for precision. This will allow you to reach your full "Chi potential" to improve your health. relieve stress. and locking will help your practice become "chi filled".Physical Precision. and especially . Circulation Mirroring.
we then move on to the "twohanded" full version of Touch Heaven and Earth. stress relief.making sure that the energy system is properly "aligned" for maximum chi flow. And sometimes just a single detail in the course will focus both on "physical" and "energetic" precision at the same time! In that last blog posting. And this full version demonstrates how a single detail can enhance both "physical" and "energetic" precision at the same time. these ChiFusion details focus on "physical" precision aligning the physical body to prevent injury and to increase the effectiveness of the physical technique. Sometimes. If you are already one of our advanced training students. Precision is an important part of Chi Development. and locking. we talked about tracing. please another browser window and log in to the Complete Course. alternating-arms version of the Touch Heaven and Earth movement. Then click on "Next Page" to get to Lesson 2B: Touch Heaven and Earth. Go to Level 1.In my last blog posting. . these details focus on "energetic" precision . and Chi Development benefits from practice. once you are comfortable with the "singled handed" version. These details are where we apply the precision needed to get the health. In the ChiFusion course. So right now. and click on Lesson 2. and as you work your way through the ChiFusion Complete Course. These three precision hand techniques can help us become aware of and enhance chi flow in the body in even the simplest Tai Chi and Qigong movements. pulling. I'd suggest that you follow along with the discussion below using your Complete Course. But for the most part. you'll find many kinesthetic details in our movements you don't find in most Tai Chi courses. we used as our example the "single handed".
Physical Effectiveness and Energetic Precision
Look at Detail #2 in the full version of Touch Heaven and Earth, entitled "Falling Hand on the Inside". In this detail, you are instructed to keep the falling hand in Touch Heaven and Earth closest to the body. The rising hand should be on the outside, away from the body. When it comes to precision, this seemingly simple detail enhances both the physical and energetic aspects of the entire Touch Heaven and Earth movement.
1. Physical Expansion 2. On a physical level, one of the main goals of all of the ChiFusion Level 1 movements is opening the body. The movements should have an "expansive" feeling, almost like you are filling and increasing your personal space with the movements. You'll want to aim for the feeling of "stretching" into the
movements - without of course the muscle tightening and joint locking that is used in Western stretching. Since the rising arm in Touch Heaven and Earth specifically helps to open the arm and upper body, we want it on the outside to enhance this expansive feel. As an experiment, try this movement both ways - rising arm on the inside vs. rising arm on the outside - and pay attention to how it feels in the arm, shoulder and upper back of the rising hand. I think you'll feel a greater sense of expansion in the arm and upper body when the rising hand is on the outside. 3. Channel Tracing of the Conception Vessel In addition to increasing the physical aspect of Touch Heaven and Earth, keeping the falling hand on the inside also has important energetic effects. Energetically, the falling hand in this movement performs channel tracing. You may remember that we mentioned channel tracing in the my last blog post. Channel tracing involves tracing chi meridians or vessels with our hand movements. This is a way of encouraging circulation and/or storage using the chi surrounding the hands as a guide. In this case, we are tracing down the Ren Mai, known in English as the "Conception Vessel". The Conception Vessel runs down the front of the body. In Touch Heaven and Earth, we are tracing down the Conception Vessel until we reach the Dai Mai Belt meridian that we mentioned in the last blog posting. Keeping the falling hand on the inside enhances this downward flow of chi in the Conception Vessel. Also, because rising movements have a tendency to "grab our attention" much more so than falling movements, keeping the falling hand on the inside counter-balances the upward-
moving hand. The falling hand encourages a strong downward flow of chi in the Conception Vessel to balance out strong rising chi from the rising hand's movement. 4. Circulation Mirroring of the Microcosmic Orbit
5. In addition to simple channel tracing, the falling hand also takes part in a more intricate energetic technique. This intricate technique involves the coordination of the hands in what is know as "circulation mirroring". Circulation mirroring involves moving one or both two hands in a "mirror-image" of a chi circulation that is happening in the body. In this case, the two hands are moving in a way that mirrors part of the "microcosmic orbit". The microcosmic orbit, also sometimes called the "small chi circulation", involves the flow of chi in a roughly elliptical path through the torso and
head. Specifically, it connects the Conception Vessel mentioned above with the Du Mai or "Governing Vessel" that runs along the back of the torso. This creates an "orbit" of circulating chi through the two vessels. In this case, we are trying to encourage a rising chi through the Governing Vessel in the back of the torso, and a falling chi through the Conception Vessel in the front of the torso. This up-the-back, down-the front orbit generally has a calming and settling effect appropriate for improving health and relieving stress. In Touch Heaven and Earth, the falling hand is imitating the downward flow through the Conception Vessel, while the rising hand is imitating the rising flow through the Governing Vessel. Notice that the hands are a "mirror image" of this circulation, as if you were looking at the circulation in a mirror. In order to mirror the correct circulation we are attempting in this movement, it is imperative that the falling hand be on the inside.
Reaching Your Full "Chi Potential" with Precision Techniques
Touch Heaven and Earth makes an excellent exercise for practicing precision hand techniques such as circulation mirroring. Since it is a simple exercise involving only hand and arm movement, it's easy to learn these techniques without the distraction of torso or leg movements found in other movements in ChiFusion Tai Chi and Qigong. As you can see, just one ChiFusion detail in Touch Heaven and Earth can help you on both the physical and energetic level. This
one detail is a good example of "meridian tiao shen" - body tuning skills that help encourage chi flow throuw the meridians.
Basic Qigong Yogic Breathing Exercise
A chi kung/qigong yogic breathing exercise that will generate and circulate the chi energy for vibrant health, energy and longevity? Also known as slow breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, deep breathing, or inaccurately, belly breathing, these yogic breathing techniques make efficient use of oxygen. Since the brain uses up to eighty percent of the oxygen we breathe in, chi kung/qigong yogic breathing exercises not only supply oxygen to the body for energy, but also nourishes the brain with oxygen, resulting in mental clarity and alertness (see Qigong Health Benefits). When we breathe improperly, not enough oxygen goes to the brain and we become sluggish and unable to concentrate. If you have never done chi kung/qigong yogic breathing or diaphragmatic breathing before, you need to first establish a baseline by breathing normally and counting your breaths per minute. Most people take quick shallow breaths when they breathe. When they breathe from the top half of their chest they are actually wasting more than half of their lung capacity. To compensate, they tend to breathe more rapidly, as much as twenty or more breaths per minute. The breathing exercise I'm about to show you is a general chi kung/qigong exercise that follows the principles of all diaphragmatic breathing techniques. (See Qigong/Chi Kung Breathing Techniques).
After establishing a baseline of your usual breathing pattern, you need to follow these steps:
1. You can do this breathing exercise sitting or lying down. If you are sitting, make sure you're not slouching, but you should still be relaxed. If you find this difficult to do, the easiest position is to lie down on your back with your hands relaxed at your sides and a book on your stomach. The book is an optional visual aid so that you can see better how your lower abdomen expands and collapses as you breathe. 2. Inhale slowly, visualizing filling your belly with air. This is why yogic breathing is sometimes inaccurately called "belly breathing". What actually happens is that when you expand your lower abdomen, you automatically pull down the diaphragm, a muscular membrane located in the solar plexus.
6. It uses oxygen very efficiently. Then begin timing yourself for one minute: an inhalation and exhalation count together as one breath. You should find that yogic breathing is much slower than your usual breathing pattern. a stronger immune system and longevity. you should be breathing about eight breaths per minute. you will find your breathing will begin to slow down even more perceptibly to two to four breaths per minute. 4. but you will experience a whole multitude of health benefits. see your lower abdomen collapse within itself. Try this breathing exercise for a few minutes until you begin to fall into a natural rhythm: breathe in slowly. releasing all the air. because a tortoise breathes very slowly. especially for beginners. breathe out slowly. As you breathe out. not only will you feel more relaxed. When you are able to do this breathing exercise on a regular basis until it becomes unconscious and you can do it in your sleep. pause. Pause briefly for about half a second before exhaling. it makes the yogic breathing easier to practice. Of course. air does not really come in and out of the abdomen. when you practice this breathing exercise. but for the sake of visualization.Pulling down the diaphragm allows the lungs to expand and fill up with air to their maximum capacity. pause. We call this tortoise breathing. Remember to pause again briefly before taking the next inhalation. and thus is able to live a very long life. As you get better. 5. If you are like most beginners. including: mental clarity. . better concentration.
. you will see how shallow their breathing is. even though they may have faster heartbeats. such as heart beat. you can extend your life span! Take a look at all living creatures around you: the faster their heartbeat. most babies and toddlers. Why is this important? Because it gives you control over your health. their hearts start to slow down and their growth rate also slows down. your autoimmune system and even how long you live. you would see how their bellies pump in and out like bellows. In contrast. Control of these functions is known as biofeedback.When your breathing is habitually slow. Children grow up very quickly because they have faster heartbeats than adults. As they grow older. body temperature and blood pressure. If you can slow down your heart. and we adults can barely keep up with them! (See Qigong Health Benefits). are also belly breathers. Just ten minutes a day will make a big difference to your health and well being. they are natural chi kung/qigong practitioners! If you have ever looked at these children breathe. On the other hand. Little wonder they have so much energy. sleep so soundly. In other words. the faster they age and the shorter their life span. if you ever look at dying people taking their last few breaths in life. Want to experience their energy and youth? Practice the yogic breathing exercise outlined in the steps above. you begin to gain control of normally involuntary body functions.
if you ever start to breathe from your upper half of your chest and throat. then you will find yourself on your last legs of life! What does chi kung or qigong actually mean? Qi. When you breathe from the chest up. Its main purpose is to promote health and longevity. alertness and clear thinking? This exercise is not only calming and relaxing but easy to learn and takes only a few minutes of your time. and gong. this one is also a brain exercise. the yogic art of slow breathing. as well as set a foundation for all other chi kung/ qigong breathing exercises. or kung. Worse. The breathing exercise outlined above is just one of many chi kung/qigong breathing techniques available on this website. means breath. It's even helpful on headaches! As with all qigong/chi kung meditations. Practice it and see for yourself how chi kung/qigong breathing techniques can help you in a multitude of ways. because it promotes the creation of neural pathways — . you are cutting your breathing capacity in half and thus. some of them with specific health purposes. This particular breathing exercise will help with relaxation and mental clarity. or art. That is what gives them life. also phonetically spelled chi. practice.Healthy people practice slow breathing all the time. A Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise Want a diaphragmatic breathing exercise for energy. means skill. In other words chi kung or qigong is literally. your energy.
Alternate Nostril Breathing is a technique that specifically promotes whole-brain development and hemispheric balance. breathing in through the right nostril will activate the left hemisphere.or right-brain thinkers. giving you energy and vitality. It's especially good for whole-brain functioning or whole-brain synchrony and hemispheric balance by thickening and strengthening the corpus callosum. It's what allows your hemispheres to communicate in whole-brain thinking. you are creating healthy brain development. intelligence. Most of us tend to be predominantly left. Alternate Nostril Breathing like all qigong/chi kung yogic breathing increases oxygen in the brain. which translates into hemispheric balance. When you breathe in through the left nostril.good for brain health. Want a healthy brain? You have to develop wholebrain health. If you . Likewise. Alternate Nostril Breathing cleanses your body of toxins and contaminants and frees you of debilitating ailments that result from toxicity in your body. Suffering from a headache? Breathe it away with this simple breathing exercise. creativity and general cognitive ability. By alternating your breathing between left and right nostrils. you are actually promoting right brain activity. the best way to treat a headache is to feed the oxygen-starved brain. Like all qigong/chi kung techniques. This corpus callosum is a broad thick band of brain tissue made of massive nerve fibers that acts as a bridge between the left and right hemispheres of your brain. This brain exercise will help with mental clarity and alertness. creating an imbalance in hemispheric brain activity and development. Since our brain utilizes more than eighty percent of all the oxygen we breathe in.
and this diaphragmatic breathing exercise is no different.have a lot of toxicity in your body. . Practice basic diaphragmatic breathing (also called abdominal breathing) with your single nostril inhalations and exhalations. Use your thumb and index finger to press down on one nostril as you alternate breathing through one nostril: Start with pressing down on the right nostril as you breathe in through the left nostril. Then inhale again through the same left nostril. Sitting Postures and Lying Down or Recumbent Postures) 2. Continue with an inhalation through the right nostril. practice this breathing exercise for short periods of time. Switch by pressing down once more on the right nostril as you breathe out through the left nostril. Switch and press down on the left nostril as you breathe out through the right. Assume a meditation posture. You don't want to overdo the exercise and suffer from too many toxins being released from your system at once. 3. 5. And please. (see Standing Postures. read the Disclaimer before attempting any exercise on this website! Steps For Alternate Nostril Breathing 1. 4. All qigong/chi kung exercises are very powerful in their effects.
relaxation. healing. always pause between inhalation and exhalation. tongue resting against the ridge of your upper teeth and palate. When practicing these breathing exercises. If you are a beginner in qigong/chi kung or yogic breathing. Also. energy. Repeat these steps for anywhere from ten to 30 minutes per sitting. That's it — both a diaphragmatic breathing exercise and brain exercise in one. martial arts.6. all beginners should start with the basic abdominal breathing technique before trying any other breathing exercise. to give the chi energy time to collect itself when you are . Whether you are practicing qigong/chi kung for the purpose of health. diaphragmatic breathing. Alternate Nostril Breathing is a simple exercise to learn and practice every day with excellent benefits. Diaphragmatic Breathing & Other Methods Diaphragmatic breathing exercises and other yogic breathing techniques are probably one of the most important aspects of qigong/chi kung training you will ever encounter. spiritual development. (See Getting the Most Out of Qigong/Chi Kung). oxygen to the brain and cultivation of vital chi energy. Most practitioners breathe from the diaphragm. 7. including abdominal breathing. five minutes of practice should be enough. or if you have a lot of toxicity in you. make sure your lips are pressed gently closed. In fact. a method also known as abdominal breathing or more accurately. or other benefits you need to learn these breathing techniques to promote blood circulation.
strength and resilience. The tongue is always against the palate. There are other types of chi circulations. A chronic nose bleed and severe allergies kept him weak for most of his school years. and your lips pressed lightly together. Why are diaphragmatic breathing and other breathing techniques so important in chi kung/qigong? They not only promote health and energy by improving your oxygen intake. my master made him practice at least two hours of chi kung/qigong breathing exercises every day. but they are outside of this topic of discussion. with your tongue placed in a natural resting position against the upper teeth and palate. or to make any necessary changes in direction during circulation. Though there are certain exceptions.manipulating its strength or force. (See Getting the Most Out of Qigong/Chi Kung Training). my brother would do various diaphragmatic breathing and meditation exercises that were primarily responsible for his ability to build enormous amounts of chi energy. My brother was only a young teenager when he first started learning chi kung/qigong. Every morning. and da zhoutian or macrocosmic orbit. especially internal strength by generating large amounts of vital chi energy. but also increase your strength. When my brother first started training in martial arts. He was overweight and weak in health. because it acts as a bridge for the chi energy to pass through from the top of the head down through the esophagus. you should always breathe through the nose. generally. This creates two major types of chi circulation known as xiao zhoutian or microcosmic orbit. .
especially at the very advanced levels. Other advanced forms of chi kung/qigong will also employ reverse. there are also many other yogic breathing techniques. should be practiced only by very advanced or experienced practitioners who know how to control their chi. This type of chi kung/ qigong will promote intense generation of concentrated chi in a very short period of time. This powerful qigong three-in-one breathing technique covers three different types of yogic . his chi energy was so strong. Stopped Breath chi kung/qigong involves some risks and therefore.However. he was able to channel it through three fingers to effectively push opponents twice his size so that they would fly a distance of thirty feet! He was also able to concentrate his repulse chi to protect vulnerable areas of his body. More than two years later. several months after training in chi kung/qigong. he no longer suffered from profuse nose bleeding or severe allergies. such as at the base of the throat: one thrust of a chopstick at that location. One of them is known as Daliang Cun Qi Fa ("Amassing Chi") or Stopped Breath chi kung/qigong where practitioners will literally stop breathing for prolonged periods. If you are in doubt as to your ability or level of expertise and still wish to try this method. embryonic or fetal yogic breathing. so called because fetuses practice this before they are born. prenatal. as well as rapid chi development. All these accomplishments within a few years of training and even before he finished high school! Besides abdominal breathing. longevity. and the chopstick would break without leaving any mark or injury. This method promotes youth. Another type of qigong breathing is the Huxi Liao Fa or Three Breath Qigong Therapy. make sure you practice under the supervision of an experienced master.
Generally there are two basic types of meditative practice: • • Concentrative. the meditator may still use breathing or music as aids to focus the mind. focused concentration. A logical sequel to the basic diaphragmatic breathing lesson. In itself. nor does it attempt to manipulate or exert control over any stimuli. which does not focus on any specific purpose. increased cognition. chakra meditation. Postures & Focus Tai chi qigong meditation techniques include mantra meditation. tai chi qigong is a form of meditation. personal development. creative insight. selfrealization. mindfulness and much more. imagery or colors. breathing. resilience and spiritual development. Before practicing diaphragmatic breathing or any other breathing exercises. healing and longevity. keep in mind there are always some inherent risks. but concentration precludes judgment: it involves mere nonjudging awareness or acceptance of the experience as just a . In mindfulness. Meditation Techniques. strength. breathing. While all of these exercises are meant to promote health. please read the Disclaimer and instructions carefully. guided meditation. Postures. breathing techniques.breathing for tonifying and detoxifying the body. practiced for health. mantras and many other techniques to focus concentration all need to be considered when learning how to meditate. inner peace and spiritual development. Mindfulness. requiring focus on specific objects such as mantras.
almost all traditional qigong incorporates both .e. Though contemporary qigong. Qigong/chi kung gives you a choice of either type of meditative practice.e. Both concentrative and mindfulness are about developing consciousness: that is. spiritual growth. moving) forms. self-realization and enlightenment through yoga. Breathing Techniques. meditative practice and mind control. meditative positions and body poses. However. please carefully read over the Disclaimer. stances & rooting the chi 3. Tai chi qigong involves both jinggong or quiescent (i. you can read more about the following categories. before attempting any of the exercises on this page and anywhere else on this website. 1.matter of being. both the more well known diaphragmatic breathing techniques. To better understand the different meditation techniques and features. as well as other more advanced but lesser known techniques of yogic breathing. including medical qigong may or may not include breathing and quiescent meditation techniques. health & healing. creative insight. not moving) and donggong or dynamic (i. 4. ◦ standing postures and body poses ◦ sitting postures and body poses ◦ recumbent postures and body poses ◦ postural alignment. including both still and dynamic forms. personal & spiritual advancement 2. Why meditate? For martial arts. Postures.
colors b. incense and other paraphernalia ii. chi circulation v. most of them incorporating religious beliefs. Visualization: i. Auditory a. hypnosis and binaural beats. happier. chi kung/qigong is only one of many kinds of meditative practices. chakras iii. see also Free Qigong Lessons. 5. For more information on yogic breathing techniques. Also. more aware and more creative. environmental sounds and music c. Brainwave Journeys: A site for exploring how brain wave technology can help make you smarter. Holosync Breakthrough Technology for Faster Results & More Effective Meditation Of course. Meditation Techniques to Focus Concentration: a. counting c. mantra meditation. All meditative practices provide substantial benefits. affecting physiological and psychological functions and resulting in profound short and 6. chants. pressure points iv. healing energy vi. meditative exercise.yogic breathing and jinggong as two of its essential components. eye positioning vii. drumming. b. How Yogic Breathing Fuels the Chi. Hundreds of scientific studies have revealed their impact on the brain as well as on the body. . This site features informative and easy-to-follow explanations about brain waves. candles. guided imagery. A great supplemental aid to any meditative practice! d. etc.
with the commitment to incorporate it long term in one's lifestyle. There is no quick fix with qigong. benefits. Energy Healing: Some Considerations Qigong energy healing can be used to heal oneself. a beginner will not have sufficiently developed healing energy and the ability to control it. If the instructor were honest enough. . but many will charge exorbitant prices and pull in students attracted to the idea of "new age healing" or the "qigong for the ultimate experience!" I have seen too many students who are too eager to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a weekend qigong session. sample lessons. but even with that knowledge. Most commercialized schools that offer qigong today are only interested in the profits they reap in. That is the essential difference between the traditional approach and the contemporary commercialized approach. and in the advance levels.long-term changes. classes and tools.com which provides an excellent introduction to the history. Some will indeed offer medical qigong and other types of basic knowledge. types. You can learn more about these effects and associated research data under Health and Other Benefits. It must be practiced regularly. he/she might teach the real technique. with the promise that they can do healing immediately after they finish the course. Forget the weekend workshops and the DVD of ten or twenty lessons guaranteed to turn you into a master. to heal others through psychic or distant healing. check out meditation-all-you-need. If you are new to meditation and would like to learn more about different meditation techniques and schools in addition to tai chi qigong.
It takes years of patient and unrelenting practice and only the traditional training of committed regular practice can provide that. Because of six essential reasons: 1. you might not feel anything there. On the other hand. should not be done except at the advance levels when the healing energy and the yi consciousness are fully developed. to deliberately channel the chi energy to heal a specific injury or pain. and the qualified practitioner is specifically trained in energy healing. you can actually drain and even possibly injure it when you attempt to use it prematurely for energy healing. the exercises are meant to realign body posture. Then slowly. Anyone who tells you differently is not following the principles of wude meant to uphold honesty and qigong integrity with the intention of causing no harm to people. However. either for oneself or for others.To transform the lifeforce energy that we call chi into healing energy is not something that can be done in a matter of days. At first. When practiced properly. thereby initiating preliminary healing in the practitioner. Why is that. as . you might ask. that is not to say that you won't see healing take place in a matter of days or weeks when practicing qigong in the proper traditional manner. How do you know when the chi is developed enough to be channeled for healing? The chi is collected in the dantian where it is generated and nurtured. A beginner must first build a solid foundation to develop the healing energy. Developing the healing chi energy also activates the body's defence system to begin detoxifying the body and healing itself. weeks or even months. When the chi is still young and undeveloped in the early stages. that itself can remove many imbalances in the body.
after only a few casual lessons from my master. If the healer is ill. But developing the chi also has another purpose: detoxification and purification of the mind and body. but it would also be easy for the illness or other toxins to be transmitted during the healing process. many orbits of this to further refine and mature the chi. Though she has never received any formal training in tai chi qigong. which is a circulation of the energy along the major meridians from dantian to the back. Meditation purifies the mind. Diet and fasting purifies the body. up the vertebrae to the head and down the front. it will become hotter and more tangible. The healer must be cleansed of toxins in order to channel uncontaminated healing energy. my mother has an even greater gift for energy healing. she has become extremely skilled in the art of healing. Though her healing energy is far greater than mine. The more the mind and body are cleansed. The stronger the chi the more the mind and body will purge and cleanse themselves of impurities. you might feel a tingly or warm sensation. How many orbits? Perhaps hundreds to transform the raw energy to something much more refined and powerful. back to the dantian again. 2. the more powerful the healing energy. Both play off of each other. If the mind is contaminated with . Only then can the now refined essence called jing be safely channeled for energy healing. Once the chi becomes overwhelming and begins to flow out of the dantian. Besides myself. because it houses the yi consciousness. The mind plays an important part. it begins the xiaozhoutian or so-called microcosmic orbit.the energy begins to accumulate. before any healing. both in energy healing and in herbalism. It will take many. After a while. then not only would his/her energy be weak. she will purify herself through meditation and by fasting or limiting her diet to only fruits and vegetables to guarantee a more successful and uncontaminated healing. moving around as a separate live entity.
While I know there are other forms of healing. when he feels unwell. On the other hand. energy healing should only take place when the healer has undergone purification to effect a clean. whose chi is the most powerful that I know. Without well-developed yinian. the energy healing will be less than successful. Therefore. . How could healers who are not well themselves. channeling one's own lifeforce for the purpose of energy healing would not be wise. a healer is unable to control the powerful chi to channel for healing or for other purposes. 4. That is why it is so essential that the yi consciousness evolves proportionately with the chi in order to develop the sensitive control of handling the chi. 3. It is only over time. refuses to do healing. For minor energy healing transfers. However. that the practitioner is able to develop the healing energy and the yinian to channel it. trauma or injury is severe. neither can the healer forcibly channel the healing energy to heal its intended target. it must be gently guided. If the energy is forced. such as for bruising. uncontaminated healing. I do not understand how it is possible for any healer to take a nonchalant attitude of their own health. well-trained healers are very careful not to use their own healing energy to heal themselves or others. Instead. advanced practitioners must also develop yi mind power. such as reiki and the laying of hands.negative thinking and other impure thoughts and/or attitude. Besides developing the chi energy. as this would only drain the vital force unnecessarily. If the illness. the vital chi can be easily injured. possibly evoke an effective healing and not risk transmitting their own illness during the healing? Or to siphon the other person's illness into themselves? It is like having a surgeon perform surgery with contaminated instruments that have not been properly sterilized! Even my master.
her parents brought her home. vibrant with energy and demanding her breakfast! My master. transferring his own lifeforce into her. My master took her into his bedroom and worked on her for several hours into the night. as the drain is minimal. In the past several days. then turned to my master in desperation. looked pale and drained. he seldom engaged in energy healing for the same reason. . the child had suffered many grand mal seizures. and very few would live past the age of 30. Ever been to the mountains or to the forests and note how fresh and revitalizing the air feels. When she was six years old. The next morning she revived and even came skipping out of the bedroom. When my master was young. She was taken to the children's hospital and placed on an assortment of different drugs. her parents brought her to see him in the dead of night. for major energy healing. he improved his energy healing technique so as not to drain his own lifeforce during the healing. It wasn't until years later. The energy from our natural environment is plentiful and freely available for us to use. on the other hand. using one's own healing energy is not a problem. So exhausted was he that he had to retire into deep jinggong meditation to replenish his depleted healing energy. but to no avail. each one becoming more severe than the next. Stories are told in China of ancient times when healers would literally sacrifice their own lives to dedicate themselves to healing. When she slipped into a coma. he had a goddaughter who suffered from severe epilepsy. pleading with him to save her life. Well-trained healers know how to tap into Nature's energy.closing energy gates and reducing small pain. especially after a thunderstorm? That is because of the bountiful chi in the air. This was why most of them would age prematurely. However. At the time. that is a different matter entirely. because the only qigong they knew was to tap into their own lifeforce to heal others.
When we engage in energy healing. This not only conserves our own lifeforce but allows us to replenish our own limited supply. Without our own developed chi.Negative ions clean the air leaving it fresh and revitalizing. The air feels alive because of the healing energy in Nature. Without water at one end. we cannot tap the healing energy from Nature to transmit to our intended target. Therefore. Even though we tap the healing energy from Nature. . we must also be sure that our own vital lifeforce is strong enough to withstand negative influences during the energyhealing. 6. but our own chi energy also plays a vital role in pulling this healing energy through us as well. it is important to drain out any excess negative energy that might linger during the transfer — as it so often happens. the healer must ensure that his own lifeforce is strong enough to resist the negative influence of his/her intended target. Otherwise what good will it do if the healer is able to help the one healed only to result in his/her own poor health? So after every energy healing. Our yi consciousness is the key to channeling this energy. we tap from the bountiful reserves of Nature. In a sense. as we heal others with the energy from the environment! How is this possible? Because we are mere conduits from which the healing energy passes through from Nature to our intended target. our bodies are instruments 5. Think of a hose that acts as siphon for water to travel from one end to another. before any healing can take place. It is not unusual for healers to inadvertently absorb the illness of the patient back upon themselves when their own chi is weak to begin with. of the healing that comes from without. it would not have the atmospheric pressure to siphon the water to the other end.
Let me emphasize again. beginners and practitioners whose yi consciousness is not fully developed. there are no quick fixes in qigong.7. the healer must remember to close the energy gates of both his/her own. Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief The secret to stress management is in the shoulders and how you breathe. anyone who tells you there is a quick safe way to become proficient in energy healing would meet with my deepest skepticism. should not attempt any energy healing. However. resulting in chronic fatigue. Lastly. they are also unable to close the energy gates sufficiently to prevent this energy drain. as often. The yi consciousness must therefore be developed strongly enough to withstand the force of the circulating energy that may inadvertently push the gates open again. increased weakness and lack of energy. only to have them open again later. the practitioner closes the gates. For the same reason. as well as the person being healed. It is a mental discipline that requires many years of intensive training to develop the vital chi and the yi consciousness to their fullest potential. the healer will open the energy gates to increase the reception of the one being healed. Usually. after every energy healing. If you are suffering from tension pain and need instant . Sometimes. the healer must always be reminded to close those gates again. Therefore. because the healer's yi mind was not strong enough to close them sufficiently. the energy will continue to drain. Qigong healing is not as simple as most people think. If the energy gates are not closed.
For our purpose. but neither should you keep your spine ramrod rigid. pause in your breathing before exhaling. you can sit or stand for this exercise. I teach them this exercise. Easy to learn and even easier to master. This is important if you are to know true relaxation. Qigong (also phonetically spelled "chi kung") is all about relaxation. it would be easier to sit. try the following qigong relaxation techniques. just five minutes of practice every day will provide immediate relief. As you inhale. The idea is to keep your back straight without being stiff. do not lean or slouch. You should also have read the Disclaimer before attempting any of the exercises on this website. because you need to know how to "relax" into the stance. 1. bring your shoulders up. The following relaxation exercise is the first of a set of qigong exercises best practiced together. tensing as much as possible.and long-term stress relief. Think song — relax! 2. you need to know how to do the qigong horse stance properly. If you are standing. 3. As you release your breath slowly. Here's how: Before practicing these relaxation techniques. When beginning students have problems relaxing. Next. Inhale using qigong diaphragmatic breathing. begin to lower your shoulders . (See Sitting Postures for more information). you should have already mastered qigong diaphragmatic breathing. If you are sitting. If you are a beginning student or new to qigong relaxation techniques.
and don't even know when their shoulders are tense. try doing this: Tense your shoulders as hard as you can and hold them in this position for about several seconds until they begin to tire. Ever notice when people experience stress. That is why these qigong relaxation techniques are so effective.again until they are totally relaxed. Some of my beginning students are so used to having tense shoulders they have trouble relaxing them. Try these two qigong relaxation exercises. By tensing your shoulders. pause. . 5. And there you have it — a very simple relaxation exercise. Yet they are so effective. Practice this exercise for a total of eight breaths: inhale and tense the shoulders. then inhale and begin the cycle again. pause. Learn to relax these two and the rest of your body will relax almost automatically. then hold them a little bit longer. and find yourself tensing automatically. When you finally release them feel how relaxed they are now. Pause in your breathing. To know relaxation. Problem: How can you relax your shoulders when you don't even know when they are not? If you are one of these people. exhale and relax the shoulders. 4. Practice these exercises regularly and you should encounter fewer problems with stress. They are short and simple and take little effort. you become much more aware of the opposite. the first thing they tense are the jaws? The second thing? Their shoulders. you must know the opposite. No other relaxation exercise work so quickly.
thus healing scoliosis and a host of other back problems. Chronic back pain is difficult to remedy: it took years for you to acquire chronic back pain and it will take time to fix it. Unlike external arts. Fortunately. correcting posture. There are two basic stances practiced in all martial arts: the Horse Stance and the Bow Stance. qigong . One woman who stood little more than four feet tall (a little over a meter) had a severely crooked back and was in constant pain. To her surprise. regular practice of qigong back exercise will take less time to relieve you of that pain than the time for you to develop the causes. however. she discovered her scoliosis was not as severe as before. do not expect instant miracles from qigong. thereby relieving pressure. and she gained three inches in height! I have no doubt that with longer practice. she was free of most of the back pain. and allowing the chi energy to flow smoothly through the spinal column.Qigong Back Exercise For Back Problems Qigong back exercise is perfect for relieving back pain by realigning the vertebrae. even some who have suffered pain for over twenty years. The qigong horse stance provides the needed support and good posture that realigns the spine and removes pressure from painful trigger points. I have helped many students with chronic back problems. After six months of practicing the qigong back exercises. If you don't have chronic back pain. she will continue to gain "inches" in progress. However. that's okay: Practice this qigong horse stance and you can still benefit and prevent future back problems.
The kua must always be indented. the rest of your trunk sinking down. with regular practice of these ideal back exercises. Before attempting any of the exercises given on this website. 2. measuring from your inside heels. There is part of a groin area know in Chinese as Kua. Knees should always be slightly bent and leaning out slightly. If you are doing this stance . just as if you were about to sit down on an imaginary chair. If you are standing properly. However. please read the Disclaimer. Qigong Horse Stance The Perfect Back Exercise for Realigning Posture & Correcting Back Problems 1.stances require more relaxed postures and are therefore more difficult for some people to master. you will find the benefits well worth the effort. The spine should be straight. Visualize hanging from a piece of thread from the top of your head. the tailbone tucked in. 4. Your toes should be pointed slightly inwards or parallel to each other. 3. They should shake like jelly when you pat them. the back of your thighs and buttocks should be totally relaxed. Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. where your hip and thighs form a crease.
you should feel immediate relief from back pain. but not rigid. so consider this as part of the back pain exercise. Feel the back of your thighs. start off practicing the back exercise by sitting on the edge of a chair. If you pat them. 7. The back of your thighs should still be relaxed.properly. they should shake like jelly. again shoulder-width apart. Only your buttocks should be on the seat. Each time when you rise. It's actually better for your back to practice sitting and rising in this manner several times. parallel to each other. not your thighs. Don't worry if you don't succeed with the qigong horse stance right away. repeat the back exercise from a sitting position on the edge of a chair. 6. Your feet should be planted flat on the ground. 5. feel the back of your thighs and buttocks. If they are still tense. They should not be tense. Your knees should be bent ninety degrees. toes pointed forward. your back straight. Now raise your trunk slowly so that you are now standing in a horse stance position. If you have trouble with this stance. . and your shoulders relaxed.
Your back is straight. knees slightly bent. qigong stances will relieve these back problems too. If you still have trouble getting into a correct standing position.8. . promote good posture. tail bone tucked in. Practice this back pain exercise daily to realign vertebrae and correct your posture. Back Exercise #2: Qigong Bow Stance Regular qigong (a. Lean into the wall to take some of the pressure off your legs.) away with your back to the wall.a. Then lean your back to the wall and slide a few inches downward to bend the knees and straighten out your vertebrae.k. Now feel the back of your thighs. The back of the thighs should wobble like jelly. If you have scoliosis or back injuries. Congratulations. but you need to practice regularly before seeing results. Stand about six inches (15 cm. stimulate flow of healing chi energy and gradually correct scoliosis and other back problems that cause discomfort and chronic pain. You have just learned the qigong horse stance. trunk sinking down. It should be much easier to relax those muscles in this position. Visualize hanging by a thread from the top of the head. try standing and using the back of a wall for support. as if you are about to sit down. chi kung) back exercise will realign the vertebrae. a perfect back exercise to relieve any back problems. Major points to remember: • • • • The kua should be indented.
2. but you don't have to go to a masseuse or chiropractor to fix your back problems. Just ten to fifteen minutes of practice every day should relieve and keep scoliosis and other back problems away. This stance is called the Bow Stance because it is a stance that Chinese archers traditionally assume when they draw their bows. especially when combined with tai chi qigong movements. Steps to Qigong Bow Stance . If you have not mastered the qigong horse stance you need to practice that one first. This back exercise appears simple. but takes time to master. Stand with your feet together.Back pain is usually caused by poor back alignment due to poor posture and little support. Slide the right foot forward so that the heels are shoulderwidth apart. 1. and the toes of your left foot pointing out forty-five degrees away from the right. You should also read the Disclaimer before attempting any of the exercises on this website. The two back pain exercises introduced on this website are simple to learn and can be practiced anywhere at home and at work. Get used to standing properly by practicing the following qigong bow stance and the qigong horse stance. the toes of your right foot pointing forward. It is the easier of the two stances.
your right foot) are pointing. 5. 6. 7. knees slightly bent. .3. This should create a wide enough distance that will give you stability in your stance. 4.e. The distance measuring between the two heels should be roughly about the breadth of your shoulders. Square your shoulders to face in the direction where the toes of your forward foot (i. The weight of your torso should be evenly distributed between both legs. Then take a single step with the right foot several inches to the right to put space between your left and right feet.
rest of torso sinking down. you should find the back of your thighs are relaxed: when you pat them. not arched. weight evenly distributed. The back of the thighs should feel like jelly. knees are bent. Key Points to Remember: • • • The kua is indented. chronic back pain and other back problems. they will shake. The kua — part of the groin area defined by the crease between your hips and your thighs — must be indented.8. (See Qigong Horse Stance for more details). Visualize hanging from a piece of thread from the top of the head. the tail bone tucked in. Then slide your left foot out and begin the bow stance again. this time with your left foot forward. So there you have it: practice this back exercise for ten to fifteen minutes a day to say goodbye to scoliosis. shoulders relaxed. creating a plumb line. Visualize hanging from a piece of thread from the top of your head. Qigong Back Exercise: The Empty Stance Another simple back exercise is the qigong empty stance. your trunk sinking down. 9. A few minutes of this stance can help relieve chronic backpain and other back problems. Your posture should be straight. If you are doing this stance properly. When you have mastered these steps move back into beginning position. 10. Xu bu or empty stance is another basic qigong/chi .
Bend both knees even when legs are fully extended. It requires most of the weight to be transferred onto one leg. 2. tailbone slightly tucked in.k.kung stance that when practiced regularly will help realign vertebrae and remedy back problems. The trick to aligning your vertebrae properly is to visualize your . it is also known as the cat stance. Follow these basic steps for the qigong (a. with the other foot resting lightly on the floor for support or in readiness to raise for a kick or a leg block. Most common to the practice of tai chi chuan. Indent the kua.a chi kung) empty stance: 1. the crease that divides waist and legs at the groin 3. Keep the vertebrae straight.
head hanging from a piece of string from above and the rest of your torso sinking down. 4. Pull the chin in slightly to align your head with the rest of your vertebrae. 5. The toes of one foot should be pointing 45 degrees away from the toes of the other foot. 6. Let almost the entire weight fall on one leg as the other leg supports its position mainly on the toes with the heel drawn up away from the floor. Sometimes the empty stance is practiced with other hand/arm movements or positions as depicted in the image above. Otherwise, your arms can hang loosely at your sides. Practice this simple back exercise for five minutes at a time upwards to half an hour in standing qigong meditation. When done properly, just a few minutes every day should relieve your chronic backpain and keep most back problems at bay.
Free Eye Exercises to Improve Vision
These eye exercises are a part of a qigong (also spelled chi kung) vision therapy that I teach my students. Most if not all of them report seeing an immediate improvement after just a few minutes of exercise. If you don’t believe me, try them yourself. You have nothing to lose, except perhaps your eyeglasses! It’s unfortunate that the eyeglasses are such a multi-billion dollar industry in the West, because they have so much influence over our way of thinking.
Eyeglasses do not improve eye health. They may help you see better, but when you take them off, you’re worse off than before you wore them. That’s because they act like crutches for your eyes. When your eyes start to rely on them, the eye muscles weaken and become lazy. I prove this to my students by giving them a pair of pinpoint eye wear to try on. They can read the eye chart perfectly without eyeglasses! It's not that they have changed anything in their eyes, only in the way they use their eye muscles:
Remember, they aren't wearing eyeglasses, just eye wear frames with cardboard holes, but the pinpoint holes in the eye wear force their eyes to use certain muscles and to relax other muscles in order to focus properly. When they take off the eye wear, they are back to practicing their old habit of not focusing properly. Therefore, if you want to improve vision, the solution is to throw away the eyeglasses you have become so dependent on and practice eye exercises that will train your eye muscles to function properly.
Of course, if you cannot see clearly to function in an otherwise safe environment, then by all means, wear them. But while you are practicing qigong or qigong eye exercises, you should not wear your eyeglasses. In fact, you should try to minimize your wearing time to as little as possible. Let me say this one more time: Eyeglasses not only do NOT improve vision but make your eyesight WORSE over time! Think about it: once you start wearing prescription glasses, with time, you find that you have to get stronger and stronger prescription glasses. That means your eyesight is weaker than it was previously. However, with qigong eye exercises, you can improve your vision and maintain good eye health. There are a number of books on natural eye care. The Bates Method is probably the most well-known and involves similar eye exercises like this one. I have tried a combination of both qigong vision therapy and the Bates Method. Personally, I prefer the qigong vision therapy, because I find the results more effective long-term. These are the basic eye exercises that anyone can practice, alone or in combination with other qigong exercises:
1. Get a hold of an eyechart and test your sight without eyeglasses. Having 20/20 vision means you can see clearly without eyeglasses at twenty feet away. If you are nearsighted, you will not be able to see far. If you are farsighted, you will not be able to see clearly at closer distances. Testing your eyesight before doing the eye exercises will
help you establish a baseline and see the extent of your improvement. 2. When doing these exercises, make sure you are not moving your head, only your eyes. You may want to use your finger and let your eyes follow your finger as you do the eye exercises. The red dots in the following diagrams are where your eyes should target. The first exercise is to look to the right as far as your eyes can move. You should feel the pull of the eye muscles as you hold them in this position and inhale and exhale one time using diaphragmatic breathing for a count of three or four seconds. Then move your eyes to the left, again feeling the pull of the eye muscles as you move them as far left as possible. Inhale and exhale as you hold the position for another count of three seconds to four seconds. Continue stretching the eye muscles, right and left for a total of four times in sync with your diaphragmatic breathing.
3. Next, look up as far as possible, feeling the pull of the eye muscles. Hold as you inhale and exhale using slow diaphragmatic breathing. Then look down and hold that position, as you continue to use belly breathing for another count of three or four seconds. Again, you should feel the pull of the eye muscles. Repeat for a total of four breath
4. For this next exercise, bring your finger close to your nose. Follow your finger with your eyes until you are looking crosseyed. When you start to feel the pull of the eye muscles, hold for a count of three to four seconds, synchronized with one inhalation and exhalation.For the next breath, close your eyes and let them stay as relaxed as possible for a count of one three- to four-second breath. Repeat the stretching and relaxation for a total of four sets.
5. Now, close your eyes as tightly as possible, and hold for a count of three to four seconds, again synchronized with diaphragmatic breathing.For the next breath, open your eyes as wide as possible for another count of three to four seconds. Do a total of four sets in sync with your breathing. 6. Lastly, close your eyes again as tightly as possible. As you are doing this, rub your hands together until they are very
hot. You are stimulating the external chi energy for healing.
7. 8. Keeping your eyes closed, relax them completely and place your palms lightly over your eyelids. You should feel the warm chi flowing comfortably over your eyes from your palms and relaxing the eyes even more, so that you see complete darkness. Continue palming for about a minute or two. Always rub the hands before you palm. 9. When you have finished palming, test your eyesight again with the eyechart. You should find that you can see much more clearly than before. If not, it means you are tensing the eye muscles unnecessarily again, and you will have to continue with the palming until your eyes are relaxed enough to see clearly. When palming, do not press against the eyeballs or you will see stars. 10. When you have finished testing your eyes on the eyechart, finish off the eye exercises with qigong acupressure to stimulate the healing chi energy and help relax the eye muscles. 11. Continue to practice these eye exercises regularly but be careful not to overdo it: eye muscles are like any other part of your body; if you over exercise them, you can over-strain them.
he didn’t even bother seeing his optometrist. every day like clockwork. I told him to see an eye doctor. two things MUST occur: 1. He got himself an even lighter pair of prescription glasses. Although these qigong eye exercises can produce results that you can see immediately (no pun intended!). His optometrist told him he had the wrong prescription and gave him a lighter pair of eyeglasses. those results will disappear quickly without regular practice. IMPORTANT: Vision therapy will improve vision ONLY if you continue to practice them regularly in conjunction with other qigong exercises. Just like brushing your teeth. He has been seeing clearly without glasses ever since. What does this mean? In order for these eye exercises to work. and he again complained of headaches. . you must develop a daily routine that habituates you into using your eye muscles properly. The third time he complained of headaches. You must practice them regularly.One of my students was legally blind for the past fifty years but was so diligent in doing the qigong vision therapy (of which these exercises are a part) that after two or three months of the practice he began to complain of headaches. A few more months went by.
..S. For more information on optimizing your progress. That is why the qigong vision therapy programs range from six to twenty sets of exercises depending on the severity of your eye condition. at age 72. Tom Morey. I will diligently do the exercises. They must be practiced with other qigong routines. you will see dramatic and immediate results. Love… Tom .A. and though you may practice them diligently every day. the improvements will be limited to just the improvements the one set was designed to do. thank you SO MUCH for posting all the excellent free advice. .2. coming up on my driver's license renewal. So I'm writing to say. Yes. and not being able to pass the eye test. Qigong vision therapy cannot work in isolation. U. but those results are only temporary and limited to just that. You cannot choose to practice only one set of eye exercises and expect longterm results. read The Do's & Don'ts of Qigong Vision Therapy. One set of eye exercises can only bring you so far. I'm just now starting the exercises having finally reached a crisis point where. you know. I need to do something and don't really want to have my eyes operated on. even with my very thick glasses. (inventor of the Morey Boogie) San Clemente.
I have finally finished writing the vision therapy programs that are designed to meet all your vision needs. take a break every hour or two hours from whatever you are doing and practice some simple qigong eye exercises. Myopia. chi kung) pressure point exercises are part of a nation-wide program implemented by China's Ministry of Health to help prevent myopia and eyestrain. thanks to the support and requests from many of my readers. If you have found the above eye exercises helpful. To prevent eyestrain. Called Yan Bao Jian Cao or roughly translated as "Eye Care Gymnastic Exercises". hyperopia.k. both in the school and workplace. astigmatism and other eye conditions stemming from eyestrain can result from focusing and using the same eye muscles in one position for too prolonged a period of time.a. why not try the entire program that addresses your specific need? Give qigong vision therapy a try and literally see what it can do for you! Chinese Pressure Point Eye Exercises Qigong (a. . these exercises are routinely practiced everywhere in China.Now.
while dispelling negative chi energies called "wind" and "heat". Then. You may have instinctively squeezed on them before. The diagram shows the second pair of pressure points in a set of four. and I wore glasses only for driving. However. when you felt eyestrain or fatigued. I suffered from myopia. but I stopped wearing glasses after learning the qigong vision therapy. massage each point for a count of eight times eight (totaling sixty-four counts) for each of the four exercises. Everyone in China knows these pressure point exercises. These are also good for moistening and detoxifying the eyes. when I got my driver’s license I found I was still slightly myopic. as illustrated in the diagram. Massage in a circular direction for both left and right eyes at the same time. I continued to wear the same prescription glasses for the next 25 years! That meant . Since a child. you should do a full set of these exercises including three other sets of pressure points: instead of a count of sixteen. These two points are called Qingming or "Clear Bright" points. optimally. The red points show the location of the points. at least once a day.To prevent any possible infections. you should first wash your hands with soap and water before massaging these acupressure points. since they are taught and practiced in schools as part of a regular exercise routine. My eyesight had improved sufficiently that I could read without them. Follow the procedure above if you are limited by time constraints. Squeeze and massage these two points with forefinger and thumb for a count of sixteen. I have practiced these exercises myself and have been able to maintain my eye health for the past thirty years.
Often truncated in English as simply "tai chi.k." taijiquan is the official phonetic name and is usually called by its full name in Chinese. resort to Ortho C that Canadian optometrist and police officer John William Yee has developed as an easy and permanent remedy for myopia. although massaging these points will prevent it from deteriorating any further. that I will become lazy when it comes to regular practice. the most widely practiced of all qigong martial arts and moving meditation.a. the pressure point exercises in combination with other qigong exercises do work and I have my eyesight as well as my students' to prove it. Tai Chi Chuan: Martial Art & Meditation Tai chi chuan. (a. had I been more persistent I would have been able to improve them to 20/20 vision. or if you are lazy like I am. A further important note: these pressure point eye exercises will help maintain eye health and prevent many eye conditions that result from eyestrain. Taichi is truly an intrinsically beautiful art form in motion that engages both mind. More than likely. Be that as it may. thanks to the vision therapy and qigong I practiced. taijiquan). . However. I confess. However. body and spirit. follows Taoist principles of Nature and Universe. I have been able to continue maintaining good eye health.my eyes had not gotten worse. they will not reverse it. probably because I practice qigong meditation and other exercises. To do that. you would need to practice the entire qigong vision therapy. if you already suffer from myopia. and my eyesight has not deteriorated.
As practitioners become more familiar with individual movements common to most tai chi forms. (phonetically pronounced taiji). Little wonder that this 300-year-old martial art was also once known as mian quan or "cotton fist. Most beginning students like to start with short sequences. the more beautiful. most prefer to practice the more complex forms. but its chief distinction lies in its martial art application. means Supreme Ultimate. to long complex sequences that might take upwards to half an hour to perform in their entirety." Tai chi chuan is made up of precisely executed movements ordered in a sequence called the taichi form. the longer and more complex the tai chi form. The extended length of the longer sequences also . At the heart of this unique combination of relaxing grace and beauty is a lethal set of movements ultimately designed to overcome the opponent in combat. Admittedly. offering its practitioners both health and spiritual benefits. based on the principle of "soft overcoming hard". However. not to mention a natural moving work of art. It signifies the cosmological manifestation of yin and yang. Thus. Chuan (also phonetically written as quan) means "fist" and refers to barehanded martial arts. because of its many other benefits.a chi kung) practices? Tai chi chuan is just one of many categories of qigong. How is it different from other qigong (a. taijiquan or tai chi chuan signifies a sophisticated form of martial art originally created for self-defense. taijiquan has withstood the test of time.Taichi. resulting in the ultimate whole. dual interacting dynamic forces in Nature that blend together. The tai chi form can range in length from just a few sets of movements that take just a few minutes to complete.k.
tai chi is a study of health. Principles of Combat and Self Defense 6.give the practitioner more time to generate more powerful intrinsic chi energy. The Many Styles and Taichi Forms Chinese-Swords-Guide. Martial Arts and the Dance Form 3. 4. Names of Taichi Forms 5. Individual Tai Chi Exercises ◦ Key Points to Remember When Practicing Tai Chi ◦ Loosening Exercise for Hypertension ◦ Lan Que Wei (Grasp Sparrow's Tail) ◦ Yun Shou (Wave Hands in the Clouds) ◦ Dan Bian (Single Whip) ◦ Xia Shi Dan Bian (Squatting Single Whip) ◦ Shizi Bai Lian (Cross Lotus Kick) ◦ Mei Ren Zhao Jing (Fair Lady Looks Into the Mirror) ◦ Bai She Tu Xin (Snake Sticks Out Its Tongue) 8. After all. martial arts and swordsmanship — just about everything you ever wanted to know about Chinese swords. the longer one practices the tai chi form.com: Interested in Chinese swords and tai chi sword forms? This website offers all kinds of information on Chinese swords. tai chi chuan deserves its own discourse and closer study: 1. swordfighting. Tai Chi Classics . Since chi is integral to health. the more effective the practitioner becomes at generating chi and benefitting from it. longevity. healing and personal. and its subsequent development independent of other qigong forms. spiritual growth. balance and longevity. History and Development 2. Crucial Principles of Practice 7. using yinian to generate and manipulate the chi energy. Because of its complexity as both martial art and meditation.
Also. Therefore. Avoid drinking cold fluids during or immediately after practice for the same reason. If you experience too much fatigue or physical pain due to weak muscles. if you overdo and progress too quickly. Avoid taking a shower immediately after practice for the same reason. The best time for the circulation of chi is between five and seven o'clock in the morning and between eleven and one o'clock at night. you should practice regularly for a minimum of ten minutes each day. It takes time to make improvements. Be aware. Like all physical exercise. Lineage Transmission and Instruction of Tai Chi Chuan Some things to remember when practicing these exercises: • Avoid overeating just before exercise. and do • • • • . stop and rest. take your time in practicing these exercises. To realize full benefits of qigong exercise. you should not overdo. Do not rush the lessons. avoid exercising immediately after a meal. remember to go slow: one new exercise per week is enough for you to benefit and progress quickly. Listen to your body: do only as much as your body feels comfortable. Try to practice the same time each day to establish a habit.9. A full stomach interferes with chi circulation. there are potential side effects that can be dangerous to your health. Most importantly.
conventional training is more intense. Instructors of these schools cater to the demands of the students: get them to master qigong quickly. . commercialized schools call it "moving meditation" when there is little. preferably accompanied by fancy papers of certification. is not business oriented. On the other hand. Contemporary styles offered in commercialized schools is mainly about profit. Stress on physical exercise and relaxed movements. concentration and psychic development. The traditional approach. if any. and therefore. Key differences lie in the training. elegance. mental discipline. spiritual and personal development. a lesser known and dying art form.not continue to the next lesson until you feel you have fully mastered the first one. health. it offers far greater benefits than students of the contemporary school could ever imagine: martial arts and self-defence. Ironically. Chinese governmentsanctioned medical qigong relies on simplicity: cut out the spiritualism and religious dogma. something that is outwardly impressive that will inspire and awe them. colored belts and degrees that mark their levels of progress. Classic Tai Chi Qigong: 7 Key Components Unlike contemporary tai chi qigong practice. other than keeping the breathing slow and natural. healing and longevity. grace and beauty. Contemporary tai chi also emphasizes physical movements. meditation involved in the practice. however. Place little emphasis on the yogic breathing. but offers far greater rewards to higher levels of achievement.
Yogic breathing to increase oxygen and circulation and to nourish the vital chi energy. as they form the basis of a mental discipline in which contemporary qigong has no part. often as not. mental health and healing. and higher levels of consciousness for psychic. tai chi calisthenics and other types of contemporary qigong that emphasize mere physical movements. Yi development for manipulation of the chi for various purposes of self-defence. if any. Postural alignment. stances and rooting or grounding the chi. they are not anatomically correct or precise. because they see it as little more than that. So how is traditional tai chi qigong different? Training involves several key components: • • • • • • • Chi development and refinement. Humility to facilitate development of chi and yinian development and to draw on the higher consciousness.And because there is little training. Though graceful. concentration. health. Little wonder traditional masters derisively dub contemporary tai chi as balei wu or "tai chi dance". and Meditation to promote development of chi and the yi consciousness. then you need not worry about these constituents. healing and psychic and personal development. in the practical applications of self-defence. . Relaxation and looseness to facilitate circulation and channeling of the chi. spiritual and personal development If you are only interested in medical qigong. but much more superficial. inaccurate. the movements are.
But once they begin to transition from physical to mental. And this is where the five key components come into play: Therein. Unfortunately. and though he has always taught with the traditional approach in mind.My master has taught thousands of students. today's commercialized classes just don't measure up. intent. the fastest and most effective way to mastering any martial art. Many of these masters would test their students to see if they were truly committed to learning the martial art. No longer is the qigong merely superficial physical movements but on a much deeper level that includes visualization. most students have little difficulty training at these levels. . the complexity of the training becomes more obvious. I can literally count on one hand. it is ironically. my master used to tell me many stories of famous qigong/chikung and other martial arts masters and how they trained their students. the few who have continued to train at the higher levels of mental discipline. When I was young. lies the vastly different approach to tai chi qigong between contemporary and traditional schools of training. Medical qigong? Tai chi dance and calisthenics? Contemporary new age qigong? These are nothing compared to the traditional practice which offers far greater rewards than most students could ever possibly fathom. Tai Chi Qigong The Most Effective Way While the traditional way of learning tai chi qigong seems slow and tedious. Since the beginning levels emphasize mainly physical. and deep concentration with subtle changes in energy development.
Sounds simple doesn't it? He and three other pupils would practice arm-swinging several hours every day at their master's home. loyalty. Unfortunately.Many of these tests would last for many months. they were tests on patience. months and even years on one seemingly meaningless exercise. Sometimes their master would disappear for months at a time before suddenly returning home to see how his students fared. (one kind of qigong/chikung). My master yielded immediately in response. even years without the student ever knowing he or she was being tested! Truly. so that there was nothing to push. because all of these virtues are essential to becoming a skilled martial artist. he was very young. the master would shake his head and tell the student to carry on. Six months later. The master would walk up quietly behind them as they were training. commitment. When my master first trained in tai chi chuan. commercial schools cannot teach students in this manner. Aah! My master had learned how to yield before an attack! Now. If the student resisted the push. the students were still practicing this tai chi qigong/chikung exercise when my master was suddenly pushed from behind. he was ready to learn the next step in tai chi chuan! This was the traditional way of training students in martial arts and tai chi qigong: practicing for long hours. and endurance. as would be the natural inclination. What? Pay a teacher to make me practice several months like this? I might as well learn it without his help! What students don't . Yet his tai chi master said he was not ready to learn tai chi chuan until he completed the foundation of warm up exercises that consisted of swinging the arms from side to side. but already known for his unusual skill in several martial art forms. then suddenly push a student from behind.
Tai chi chuan? What was that. That was my typical teenage thinking. When I first began learning martial arts with my master. better. is the slogan of the business-oriented West. Faster. But when I was supposed to be practicing the "gentle" art of tai chi chuan. he made me practice raising my right arm extended . action packed martial arts like the praying mantis or sword at which my master was so skilled. this does not work well with tai chi qigong and other martial arts. I enviously watched my brother train in praying mantis staff and bare fist sparring. (See My Personal Profile).realize is that this is actually the fastest and most effective way to reaching the top! The usual practice of commercialized schools now is to cram students with as much information as they can take in. Unfortunately. Both my brother and I practiced qigong/chikung. even though I was so convinced that I would be better at the more fast-paced. And my master decided I was best suited to learn tai chi qigong. My first lesson in tai chi chuan was not the well-known slowmoving form that everyone sees people practicing in the parks. Every day for one whole week. but an old man's exercise. cheaper. and myself to develop nei dan chi or internal lifeforce energy. my brother to develop his wai dan chi or external lifeforce energy. that was too advanced for someone like me! Instead my master taught me how to relax. Students want their money's worth and they better have something to show for it at the end of the day. Oh no. I did not have any say in what I wanted to learn—that is up to the master to decide.
he taught several sets of movements all in one three-hour sitting! After what he had put me through. lower it down. I practiced for a tedious half an hour. I thought we were racing! Years later. when I opened my own tai chi qigong classes. assuming the hand position known as Mei Ren Shou or the Fair Lady's Hand. he decided I was ready to join the rest of his students. I was just starting out on the first step in the tai chi chuan form. Compared to the other students in his qigong/chikung class.in front of me. after completing about thirty sets of movements. while he watched on. fang song!" — "Relax! you are not relaxed enough!" or "Practice more!" or "Keep practicing!" Finally. To my surprise. the same thing: raise it up. Ancient masters viewed it not merely as a meditative exercise routinely practiced. the second week. and about a year later. chanting "Song! Fang song. I made more progress that first month than they ever did in ten years of training! Making the Most of Tai Chi Qigong Stressful demands of today's busy society makes it difficult to practice tai chi qigong/chi kung the way it was practiced traditionally. he said I was ready for the next lesson: do the same with the left arm! And so again. and then lowering it down again. over and over and over again. in the class. only to be set aside and forgotten until the . Every day. an hour or two hours. By the end of the month. I realized how fortunate I was that he gave me such special attention. all the time.
Every day my master waited for me to come home from school to begin our day together. (See My Personal Profile). So how can we make the most of tai chi qigong/chi kung meditation and exercise without compromising our training in the limited time we have? Here are some suggestions to which I advise students to adhere: • The best time to practice tai chi qigong is a half hour after rising in the morning. but even then. This was the life I was raised. and eventually on my own. I thought it a matter of course and didn't know any other way of learning. eating with him. it was a way of life. That meant living and breathing qigong/chi kung every moment of consciousness. listening to his lectures. for most people.next session. qigong/chi kung exercises. practicing tai chi qigong under his supervision. whether it be ten minutes or two hours. that they followed every minute of every day. This went on for many years until I graduated from university and moved away from home. my master encouraged me to continue my training with other masters in China and Taiwan. rising at five in the morning to meditate. watching him when he worked with other students. and tai chi sparring. this kind of traditional tai chi qigong/ chi kung lifestyle is not possible. Of course. training several hours a day in yogic breathing. The demands of work. and listening to his stories and lessons. Rather. I followed him everywhere he went. and even practicing qigong/chi kung meditation in my sleep. between five and seven o'clock in the . school and family prevent us from devoting more than a tiny portion of our day to exercise. following in my master's footsteps.
Do not eat a heavy meal before practice. as the cold inhibits the flow of vital chi energy. • • • • . Tight clothing restricts movement. lower your center of gravity. The place should be quiet so that you will not be easily disturbed or distracted. your shoulders relaxed. Make sure when you practice that you are well rested and that your mind is free from all worries and needless distractions. If the tai chi qigong/chi kung exercise requires a standing posture. such as tai chi chuan or Eighteen Postures of Tai Chi Qigong. against the frontal palate and ridge of your upper teeth. Do not shift or otherwise lose your balance. blood circulation and the flow of vital chi energy. the knees not extending past your toes. chest slightly caved in. It is important to keep warm during practice. Also wear your clothing in layers. Wear loose comfortable clothing. but if possible. As you begin to warm up. abstain from eating. If you are hungry. Practice yogic breathing. you can discard the extra layers of clothing. resting your tongue at the roof of your mouth.morning and between eleven and one o'clock at night. eat a light meal or snack a half hour before practice. you should not practice within the last couple hours before going to bed. • Establish a daily routine that is consistent with your habits: Practice tai chi qigong/chi kung the same time and at the same location every day. The tongue acts as a bridge for the vital chi energy to flow freely. This will inhibit the vital chi energy from flowing. Practice rooting into your posture. If the exercise is a dynamic one. Keep your head and trunk straight. preferably with fresh air but no strong winds. Choose an open space.
Visualization. (see Meditation Techniques for more suggestions on ways to focus your concentration). This is because the vital chi is also contained in your saliva. but swallow it gently. Yet very few books or commercialized schools in the Western Hemisphere make mention of this fact. visualize yourself as an empty vessel • that you fill with Tao. As you empty your mind of thoughts. The Secrets to Eternal Life: Tao Teh Chieng: Visualization is the method or Agent used to convert a thought into material or tangible equivalent. that without them. so should you empty your heart of desires and emotions. • Therefore. breathe deeply and slowly. making sure to visualize the chi circulating along the meridians or pathways throughout your body. Emotions and excess desires injure the organs. Empty your mind of all extraneous thoughts. Visualize the tension easing out of your muscles.In time. (Lao Tzu). the intrinsic lifeforce. • cloud the mind and impede the flow of chi. rather than your chest. …as manifested in vital chi energy. an essential element to tai chi qigong and other meditative practices. so much so. your glands will secrete more saliva and you will find it sweet tasting. Do not spit it out. using your abdominal muscles. • Calm the mind and relax the body. • Unless otherwise indicated. Below is a brief elucidation of the importance of visualization from my master's book. Let the motivation of our thoughts be always constructive instead of • • . intent and goal setting are components integral to developing the yiconsciousness. a student would never be able to attain mastery of tai chi qigong/chi kung.
Yet all feats and miracles are not beyond the abilities of ordinary men if only they are willing to try. An ulterior thought tortures our conscience… In meditation. after long years of meditation. Tai Chi or Chi Kung Masters can perform astounding feats that normal people cannot do. or retiring to bed. and further blood and chi circulation. the Yogi. You will learn more quickly and master the movements more effectively. After practice. Massage the organs. Why? Because destructive thoughts come back to us like a boomerang. the practitioner tries to focus his thought in a single streamlined concentration. limbs and extremities and apply the acupressure points. Tense jerky movements will prevent the chi energy from flowing smoothly and efficiently. Thus. detoxification. (See Additional Learning Tips & Strategies). Locking the joints will slow down or inhibit its flow. Thoughts and conscience are closely allied or related. if you take the time to establish a strong foundation. do not lock your joints. Abstain from drinking cold drinks or taking a cold shower before or after practice. Always practice the same tai chi qigong movements over and over again until you master them before continuing on with a new lesson. The joints are like gates that regulate the flow of chi energy. These can be injurious to the heart • • • • . After meditation. eating. practice the Twelve Treasures or other tai chi qigong daoyin exercises to stimulate muscle tone. Unless otherwise indicated.destructive. rest for a while before taking a shower.* • Keep in mind that your movements should be slow and even.
practice qigong/chi kung massage and acupressure. the purpose behind qigong exercises are either tonifying or detoxifying. you should avoid the exercises that target tonification. drink lots of fluids. and organs. if you are flush with fever or other debilitating disease. influenza. If you have a cold. your main interest should be to detoxify and remove toxins from your body. or rest a while before retiring to bed. Like all other learning situations. Depending on your medical condition and aptitude for learning. abstain from practicing tonifying qigong. These exercises will improve your eyesight. a minimum of twenty minutes of daily practice is • • . still). it is important that you practice what you have learned inside and outside of the classroom. tonifying exercises interfere with the detoxification process and will only serve to drain your body of needed energy that should be reserved for detoxification. get adequate sleep and try to practice equal amounts of jinggong or quiescent (i. particularly dynamic exercises such as tai chi chuan. as well as donggong or dynamic tai chi qigong meditation forms. • Always supplement your qigong/chi kung exercises with a healthy lifestyle.e. However.and inhibitive. Consume nutritious foods. Tonifying qigong tonifies the chi. blood. Since tai chi qigong. Most will provide some of both benefits but when you are ill. it is also advisable to practice jinggong or quiescent meditation and/ or Chi Calming Qigong. even injurious to vital chi circulation. Perform eye exercises to keep the eye muscles in shape and to teach them to relax. invigorates both mind and body. supplemented by herbs and Chinese medicine. fever or similar debilitating disease. In general. If you are ill. your body is focused on cleansing.
These warnings are placed there for a reason! Remember. Like everything else.required to see any significant improvement over time. it is expected that you will gradually increase the amount of practice time spent daily. When monitored by a qualified instructor on a regular basis. Choose wisely and practice with care. Please practice the exercises with qualified supervision where I have suggested. there are a stipulated few that should be practiced under supervision. However. I provide free online support and advice. especially at the advanced level. Instruction should take place only with a qualified instructor. You should always take the necessary precautions against unauthorized instruction and demonstration. If you are in doubt. it is always best to review the essentials of what you've recently learned in preparation for the next lesson. However you do it. tai chi qigong/chi kung cannot be mastered in one short session. can be very harmful. • If you are learning from a master or instructor. As you progress. However. and read the Disclaimer before attempting any of the exercises on this website. Taking notes and videotaping can help to jog your memory of essential details. some exercises. dangerous and even potentially fatal. you should seek clarification. when taught or practiced incorrectly. tai chi qigong/chi kung is a very safe and healthy exercise to follow. See Finding the Right Instructor or Master for more information about finding a qualified instructor offline. only a qualified instructor can transmit the essence of tai chi qigong/chi kung and impart to the student a proper foundation through correct instruction. . Should you have any questions or require guidance in your training. it lies in your best interests to follow any orders or advice given. Most of the lessons I offer on this website are quite safe to practice without the help of a teacher to monitor your progress.
Keep track of your own individual progress and learning. depending on many factors such as medical condition. In the end. as well as your successes. but don't be discouraged if someone else you know is progressing faster. everyone contributes to each individual's success. and to learn from your mistakes.• Keep a daily or weekly journal. my master saw something in me that no one else did. (especially if students' chi is cultivated at advanced levels). Yet despite my immaturity. the larger the better. you may experience learning plateaus or feel that you have not made sufficient progress in your learning. out of about 30 senior students only about five • • . but also see how far you have come since your first attempts. it is difficult to find the right instructor. I still recall when I was only an adolescent among middleaged students in a senior class and the slowest progressing student. By being supportive of each other's progress. By reviewing what you have learned. recording your learning experiences. you are not only able to keep track of vital information. but avoid unfair comparisons. At times. or getting "more results" than you. tai ci qigong/chi kung meditation and exercises are best practiced in groups. As I have said before. Since the chi energy is more easily generated in large student numbers. Work with other students. Since every student progresses at his/her own individual rate. it would be very unfair for any student to attempt to compare his/her own progress to that of others. Personal development through any discipline can be a very lonely journey. aptitude. degree of effort and investment in practice time. contact me and I will do my best to answer all your questions. Share ideas with other fellow students and offer each other mutual support and help. so if you don't have a support system in place.
each one competing to outbid the other in so-called abilities. Master-Disciple Relationship and Choosing the Right Master/Instructor). Do not be tempted to stray from the path by fame. including mine and my master's. there are always students who.of us of continued to train regularly and teach tai chi qigong/ chi kung. My Personal Experience with the Controversial Falun Gong. Training the Traditional Way. By standards measured by traditional masters. the less I feel I know. and the farther I feel I still have to go. if there is truly any. Keep to your tai chi qigong practice and do not measure your progress with "observable results. Progress is not measured in results. Most would agree that the senior students in our class probably know far more than most so-called "masters" in the Western Hemisphere." Forget those who seek to compete for these material results. money or ambition. after only a few months or so of training exclaim how great their chi is or how advanced they have become. But these are merely side effects and not the end goal. Tai chi qigong/chi kung masters are admittedly able to perform phenomenal feats of strength and psychic power. gurus and "experts". In every class. but how you persist over time. and you will make more progress in tai chi qigong than they can accomplish in a lifetime. in my master and his peers' eyes. Out of these are also those who join the ranks of selfproclaimed teachers. however. (See The Martial Arts Business Industry. The more I train. . Who am I compared to the real masters of old? That is why I find it amusing that commercialized schools often boast of self-styled martial arts "masters" and "senseis" that impress only those who truly know little of the traditional arts. we still have a long way to go. we are nothing to boast about.
The same physiological location of the body can be called several different names in the same article to confuse the outsiders. p. second edition). Today the different qigong book writers each of them has his or her own version of what the trainings are. huang tin etc. 1985. The Secrets of Eternal Life: Tao Teh Chieng. For example dan tian in the same article can be called he dong.Footnotes:*Victor Shim. 130-13 Major and Minor Cycle of the Universe (Macro and Micro Cosmic). . da xiao zhou tian by: Joe Hing kwok Chu 大小周天 The basic foundation training of dao jia (Daoist philosophers) is the minor cycle of the universe and the major cycle of the universe. It is like the Chinese saying "It is easier to draw ghosts than to draw people. Minor Cycle of the Universe (micro cosmic cycle) Moving the qi downward along ren mai to the perinium and up the tu mai at the back to complete a cycle is called the minor cycle of the universe. it is important to note that this practice is not suitable for every body. (Edmonton: Aurora Printing & Graphics." because nobody has seen a ghost or very small number of people had had these trainings until the Red Chinese Government started to promote qigong in the late fifties or early sixties. It is difficult for the general public to read the old Chinese writing on these training.
stretching. massaging points. The correct name is "pull and break tendons." is a misnomer. Eight Sections of Silk (Eight Sections of Brocade. Eight Pieces of Brocade) Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by: Vera Eby Retyped and reformatted by: Arnie Miller ( Vera Eby is an English teacher in San Francisco. the names sound almost the same. They are the preliminary exercises of the martial arts. Traditionally these are not classified as neigong exercise.) Introduction These are mainly stretching exercises coming from the Shaolin Monastery which is well known for its martial arts. and punching. The name "eight sections of silk. (Neigong was the term before the term qigong became popular). Arnie Miller is an engineer. The former is written as: (eight sections of silk) .Major Cycle of the Universe (macro cosmic cycle) Moving the qi to all the jin luo (meridians) of the body are back is call major cycle. a corporate data base supervisor." also translated as "eight pieces of brocade." In Chinese." Eight Sections of Silk has nothing to do with the number "eight. including eye exercises.
The latter is written as: (pull and break tendons) Today the name "eight sections of silk" is commonly used. Today. Almost all of the subsequent books followed the same mistakes." Traditionally Chinese authors prided themselves in doing "research" in ancient texts. written by wise men of the Orient. much more impressive than just "eight sections. Most books describe the exercise as consisting of eight postures (movements)." etc." "fourteen sections of silk. you can buy books or charts . the mistakes might perpetuate. The first author made the first mistake. Many books on "eight sections of silk" describe the exercises as consisting of what they called the scholars' eight sections and martial artists' eight sections. The former exercises are performed sitting on the floor and the latter exercises are performed standing up. The Outlines (1) Roll the Eyes 36 times (2) Tap the Teeth 36 times . The Exercises Click here to see some of the warm up picture. Some "scholars" even did questionable research by fabricating ancient texts. on "twelve sections of silk. Actually the "pull and break tendons" exercises are performed in standing positions and in sitting positions and also in lying down positions. If there were mistakes in the ancient texts. In the class we focus on the more important exercises.
Chest and Arms . Massage the points at the beginning of each eyebrow. tap the teeth together lightly 36 times. Self-Applied Acupressure * Massaging the body Massage the temples. * Tapping the bones behind the ears Tap the bones lightly 36 times with your index fingers. Massage the jaw muscles. both sides. roll the eyes 36 times to the left and 36 times to the right.Butt and Legs (5) Movements (6) Stretches * Detail Descriptions Rolling the eyes With the eyes closed. starting on the inside of the arm: the shoulder the upper arm the lower arm the hand .(3) Roll the Tongue 36 times (4) Self-Applied Acupressure :Head . * Tapping the teeth With the mouth closed. Massage behind the neck. Massage the neck muscles. Massage each arm. both sides.
Pass one palm over the other, slowly, a few times. Massage the outside of each arm, moving up: the hand the lower arm the upper arm the shoulder W Washing the legs Massage the lower back in the area right above the buttocks; find the sore spot on both sides; press & rub. Massage each side of the hips, where the trunk of the body joins the legs. Massage each leg/foot: the middle of the thigh the knee the lower calf the side of the ankle, four
fingers above the bone
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To Maintain Spleen Channel and Stomach Raise One Arm 調理 脾胃單舉手 Stationary (click here to see movie here) Turning the Body (click here to see movie here) Two Hands Supporting the Sky to Maintain Triple Fire Channel 雙手擎天理三焦(click here to see movie here) Spreading The Bow Left and Right as if Shooting the Eagle 左右開弓似射鵰 Stationary With moving stances Peacock Spreading its Screen 孔雀開屏溫命門 The Giant Eagle Spreading its Wings 雄鷹展翅健腰背 Seven Rocks and Eight Rolls to Get Rid of Hundreds of Illnesses 七傾八 顛百病消 Moving the Head and Swaying the Tail to Get Rid of Fire in Heart Channel 搖頭擺尾去心火 Look to the Side and Back To Get Rid of Chronic Problems 左右回首去固疾 Two Hands Holding the Feet To Strengthen the Waist and Kidney Channel 兩手攀足固腰腎 Twist out the Punches with Angry Look 怒目攥拳增氣力 Stretches First warm up the body by loosening from toes to the neck. 1. With hands resting on the waist, men step forward with the left, women step forward with the right. Place more weight on the front and less weight at the back. Rotate the
foot at the back in circle to left and right directions while the balls of the foot contacting the ground. Do about 16 circles on each foot. 2. With hands resting on the waist, spread the feet to the left and right about shoulder's width. Rotate the hip in both directions about 16 times. 3. Place the feet together and hands on top of the knees with fingers pointing inward. Rotate the knees about 16 times in both directions to loosen the back. 4. Spread the feet to one leg's length and place the hands on top of the legs a little behind the knees with fingers pointing inward. Look back to the left and to the right and stretch the shoulders one at a time while pressing the shoulder downward and look back. 5. Straight the legs while still holding the legs to rest the body weight partly on the arms and look back to the left and to the right to loosen the back. 6. Stand straight up and stretch the left hand down while stretch the neck up and to the right. Repeat on the other side. Do this a few times. 7. Stretch both hands down and stretch the head up. Do this a few times. The following #8 stretches were recorded by Peter Croke. 8. Place one hand on opposite shoulder. Place other hand under the elbow of the hand on the shoulder. Pull the elbow across the chest to stretch the triceps of the arm with the hand on the
shoulder. Repeat on the other side. Place the palm of one hand between shoulder blades with the elbow facing up. Place the other hand on the elbow of the same hand. Grab the elbow from the back making sure the forearm is behind the head. Stretch by pulling on the elbow to stretch the triceps. Stretch by pulling towards the rear of the head. Reverse the arms.
Place one arm behind the back at the waist, parallel to the floor and with the palm out and at the mid back level. Grab the wrist (from the inside) with the other hand. Pull gently on wrist to stretch the arm behind the body. Then switch arms. Interlace the fingers and stretch the hands over the head. The elbows are gently straight and the palms are facing upward. Sway the arms and hands from side to side while breathing in and out. Feel the stretch.
Feet are placed in the bow and arrow stance*. Hands are placed on both hips. Stretch by bringing shoulders back and puffing out the chest. The face looks forward and the tongue is stuck out for a good stretch. * Bow and arrow stance: spread feet one legs length apart. Turn one foot so it is facing sideways. Bend the same knee until you cannot see your foot. Rotate the torso so the upper body is facing the same direction. The other leg is straight on an angle. The foot of this leg does not move and remains facing the same direction.
(standing or lying down) Standing: Pull one heel up to buttocks. Hold the leg to buttocks with the other hand holding that leg by the ankle. Balance on the other leg. Lying: While on your side keep the top leg gently straight. Pull the bottom heel, with your upper hand, up to the buttocks. To pull the heel to grab the ankle. Stretch. Repeat on the other side. Lie down on the floor.
Lie on your back. Extend the arms to the sides, so the
elbows are gently straight. The arms are at a 90 degree angle to the body Bend the knees so the feet are flat on the floor. Take one heel and bring it over the other knee and pull the knee toward the floor. While doing this rotate the upper torso in the opposite direction. Stretch and repeat on the other side.
Lie on your back. Extend the arms to the sides, so the elbows are gently straight. The arms are at a 90 degree angle to the body Bend the knees so the feet are flat on the floor. Take one heel and bring it to the other knee. Place it foot against the inside of the other knee and push the knee toward the floor. While doing this rotate the upper torso in the opposite direction. Stretch and repeat on the other side.
Lie on your stomach. Rise up so your upper torso is resting on your palms with the arms straight. Knees are bent so they are supporting the legs and touching the floor. The body is on an angle. Turn the face upward and stretch the body.
Place the foot of the bent leg flat on the floor. and turn. twist. Bend the left leg with the foot positioned at the crotch. looking out to stretch the shoulder. . * Stretching – Seated on the floor 1. Spread the legs & lean forward. put your hands behind your back. grip the ankle with your hand. 4. Bend the arm of the straight leg and place the elbow against the outside of the opposite knee. Place it on the outside of the other leg (at the knee level). At the same time. Turn the head and upper torso in the opposite direction. In a sitting position with your feet together and touching at the bottom. 3. Lean to the right & massage the right hip joint. bend the right leg with the foot facing out. Push the knee toward the floor. Stretch and repeat on the opposite side. Bend one knee & move the leg so the foot is positioned at the crotch.Stay on the floor and get in a sitting position. 2. keep one leg straight and bend the other leg at the knee. Reverse and do the other leg. with the elbow on the inside of the knee. lean towards the straight leg.
starting . 12. then turn toward the left & look to the right. just above the knee.roll forward & back. raise the right leg. Now gradually lower the buttocks & flatten the back. straightening the spine. grasp it with the left hand and pull it to the left & then back to the right. 6. one vertebra at a time. 8. With the arms extended and the knees up. gripping the ankles or feet. Then reverse and bring up the left knee. 11. Cross the right knee over the left. Lie on the floor with the arms extended and palms out. turn toward the right and look to the left. Then do the opposite. Begin to loosen the body. Stretch the neck and look back. pulling it with your right hand. With the right knee up. 7. raise the buttocks slowly. Reverse & do the other leg. grip the left with your hand. Cross the left leg over the right with the ankle on the right thigh. 10. 9. then do the same with the right. first. Lower the legs. Exhale deeply. Raise the legs up high and do the windmill (walking on a cloud). 5. Bending the knee & keeping the foot flat on the floor. one vertebra at a time. pulling down and toward you. so they are extended straight out. With knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Bring both knees up toward the chest.
looking far in the distance.with the toes and loosening the parts of the body in the following sequence: the toes the ankles the knees the legs the hips the perineum the dan tian the belly button area the upper belly the chest the shoulders the elbows the wrists the hands the neck the head the face the throat eventually the whole body Closing: With eyes remaining closed. then closer and closer. Then open the eyes. and finally blinking. looking around you. Five Animal Chart Play qigong Taught by : Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by : Peter Croke and Linda and Karen . roll them in big circles.
about two thousand years ago. Bend the elbows and place hands (palms down) and fingers facing forward and together . Hua Tuo. Ape: (1) Place hands below the dan tian area. Keep the fingertips touching and breathe a third time. with palms facing up and fingertips touching and breathe once. This version was discovered in a famous grave. ** . Breathe 12 times. Breathe 4 times.) This qigong exercise was designed by a famous doctor. Linda of San Francisco is a interior designer. Rotate the feet (toes and then the heels) until you are standing with your feet a little more than shoulder length apart. so it is now call "Five Animal Chart Play". Hua Tuo. of the Han dynasty period. Bring the hands to the sides. Avery one claims they are from the doctor. Bring the hands together with tops touching each other and fully extended the arms forward.(Peter Croke of San Francisco is a registered nurse. (2) Raise the hands to chest level with the palms facing up and fingertips touching and do a second breathing. Ma Wang Dui. There are hundreds of different version of "Five Animal Play" exercises. Bend the elbows and bring the hands to the side of the body with palms facing up and making two fists. Rotate the feet back under the body and bring the arms to the side. Karen of San Francisco is a physical therapist. (3) Lower the hands back to the dan tian and then raise them in an arc over the head. during the Han dynasty. It is an excellent qigong exercise for stress management and rehabilitation after sicknesses. It was recorded with a chart of pictures. Bend the knees until you cannot see your toes.
Do this while breathing. with palms facing up and fingertips touching. Return the hands to the side. Interlock fingers of hands and rub back and forth with the palms. Stretch the arms out so they are level with the shoulders (to the side of the body) and palms are facing down. The palms should be facing outward with the elbows bent. Breathe once. Raise the hands to the chest keeping the same position. Interlock fingers of hands and rub back and forth with the palms facing inward. Rub in a semi-circular movement (the top half of a circle). ** (2) Rub the stomach below the belly button. Breathe 5 times. Gently tap the same area with the tips of . Bring the hands out in front of you with two fists one on top of the other. Place hands together in a prayer position in front of the chest then raise the hands above the head and open them up with the palms facing out. Deer: (1) Place hands. Do this while breathing. Make sure the arms are extended all the way and breathe. Place the hands on the middle back with one hand above the other and the upper side against the back keeping the fists. then gently tap the same area with the tips of the fingers of the right hand (back and forth) while breathing. Rub in a semi-circular movement ( the bottom half of a circle). Rotate them in a circular motion until you reach the shoulders and hold them in front of the shoulders. Breathe once (in and out). Breathe once. Breath 9 times. at the dan tian level.(4) Rub the stomach above the belly button.
Rotate the arms to the left while keeping the hands interlocked and breathe in. Tiger: (1)Place hands at the dan tian level with palms facing up and fingers interlocked. breathe out and lower the hands again to waist level. When you stop. Bring the arms to the side. When you stop.the fingers of the right hand (back and forth) while breathing.** Repeat from the beginning on the other side. Keep them on the left side. Breathe 6 times. breathe out and lower the arms and hands to shoulder level. BEAR: . angled and perpendicular to the body. Rotate the arms and hands again twice as fast to the left and then back to the right while breathing in. Breathe out as you do this. When you stop. The palms should be facing upward. Bring the other arm so it is right below it with palms are facing each other. (2)Flip the hands keeping them interlocked and extend the arms to the right side and up as far as you can. focus the chi to the side of the torso under each arm as it is raised. breathe out. During this exercise. Raise hands to chest level and breathe. Raise the left arm and hand to the level of the shoulder (fully extended). Breathe once. Rotate again to the right side to the count of 4 and breathe in.
bring hands up to chest (take one breath) 3) turn palms foward. but face each other with very little space between them. When you extend the hands. Take 1 breath. Take 5 breaths.** Repeat on the other side. Arm movements: 1) fingers intertwined. push arms straight out front and raise above head (take one breath) 4) keeping arms in the same position (take five breaths) . THE CRANE Legs in stance position. Lower the arm and make 2 fists. Rotate the hands while keeping them interlocked and raise them to the sky. The palms should not touch. palms should be facing the sky. Rotate the hands again but keep the arms raised over the head. Release the fists. hands resting on lower belly (take one breath) 2) keeping the same hand position. Raise the hands to the chest level and take 1 breath.(1) Start with hands in front of the dan tian with the palms facing up and the fingers interlocked. Lower the arms so they are perpendicular to the body while keeping them fully extended. palms up. This should place the hands above the head. Raise the left hand with elbow extended fully above the head and the palm facing outward. Touch the palms together and the external palace of labor should be on the outside. Take 1 breath. The arm and hand should be parallel to the body. Take 1 breath. Keep the arms on the left side while taking 4 breaths. Take a breath. Lower the arms to the side.
palms up. release fists. arms forming a circle. . fill it up and move to the chest unless otherwise detailed. place one hand above the other (take one breath) Feet shoulder width apart 10) closing: swing arms to the front. Hands are in a fist. Arms are perpendicular to the body. Bring the hands to the middle of the back (across from the belly button) one hand over the other (palms open) and breathe. thumbs down. chest level. palms facing out. Breathe once.5) release hands make a soft fist and bring hands straight down to shoulder height (take one breath) 6) keeping the same positon (take nine breaths) Legs in narrow stance position 7) As you narrow the stance position. chest level (take one breath) end with bringing fists around to the back one hand above the other. fists togther. TOTAL BREATHS 25 * Note: The chi on these exercises should start from the belly. **The closing on all of the animal exercises is the same and is as follows: Return the hands to the front of the body. palms facing forward and lightly touch fists. fist over fist (take four breaths) 9) bring hand around to the center of the back. and staighten arms out to shoulder height (take one breath) 8) bring arms straight out foward.
These exercises should be done standing and may be done while watching TV.Fragrant Qigong (Xiang Gong) Level I and Level II Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by: Peter Croke Edited by: Vera Eby Starting: feet shoulder width apart. breathe normally. The golden dragon wagging its tail. Beginner's Gong (training) 1. 金 龍 擺 尾 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Place the hands together with the palms touching. Both hands should move away and then toward each other. Repeat. Palms should face each other. Preliminary exercise: Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Rotate the hands from one side to the other keeping the hands together and at the level of the chest. . Fingers should point straight outward. Breathe normally. All exercises should be done 36 times. The hands should never touch but remain about 8 inches apart.
Repeat up and down. The hands should never touch. Place the hands together with the palms and fingers touching. Rotate the arms up and down while keeping the hands together. The hands should move inward and touch and then move outward in opposite directions. 3. Playing the stringed instrument 雙 手 杌 琴 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Keep the body straight. coming closer at the top and wider at the bottom. 4. 2. The jade phoenix nodding its head. (like playing a flat stringed instrument). Fingers should point straight outward. 5. Repeat back and forth. Both hands should rotate in an arc movement. (arc like rotation). Palms should face down and hands shoulder width apart. Move the hands back and forth keeping them on the same level. Separating the begging bowl and the wooden fish 砵 魚紛飛 . Palms should face each other (on a slight angle with the topside of the hands turned slightly inward) close together but not touching. 玉 鳳 點 頭 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. The character eight dividing gold 八 字 分 金 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level.
6. Turning the universe to the left 左 轉 乾 坤 Place hands at the bellybutton level with the palms facing each other but not touching. (several inches apart). 8. Move the hands back and forth keeping them on the same level. Rotate the hands from one side to the other keeping the hands the same distance apart. 9. Repeat this movement back and forth. (several inches apart).Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Do this clockwise or to the right and repeat. Turning the universe to the right 右 轉 乾 坤 Place hands at the bellybutton level with the palms facing each other but not touching. Do this counterclockwise or to the left and repeat. The hands should move inward and touch and then move outward in opposite directions. Palms should face each other. 7. Rotate the hands together in a circular motion. Palms should face up. Rotate the hands together in a circular motion. Rowing the boat 搖 櫓 渡 海 . Repeat back and forth. (like holding two bowls in the hands). The lotus leaf blowing in the wind 風 擺 荷 葉 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. but be shoulder width apart.
replacing left on top. Bodhi Dharma sailing the boat 達 摩 渡 舟 Place hands right over left with palms up. Leave space between hands. Keep the hands several inches from the ears. followed by right hand on top. Rotate the hands in a circular motion toward the body. Place them several inches apart on the same level. Palms should be facing down. Pretend you are rowing a boat and repeat this movement. The golden light shining to the eyes 金 光 耀 眼 Start with the hands at your sides.Place hands in front of the body. Curl the fingers as if holding the oars of a boat. before moving up again. 10. Right hand should be directly over the left hand. down and then back toward the body. Turning the dharma wheel 法 輪 常 轉 Place hands in front of the body at the mid torso level. Swing them back down to your sides and repeat. Curl the fingers when you swing. Curl the fingers when . 13. 11. Elbows are bent and rock the arms back and forth as if rocking a baby. with the elbows pointing out and palms facing down. 12. Bring the hands up to the ears using a swinging motion. The wind filling the ears 雙 風 貫 耳 Start with the hands at your sides. Bring the hands up to the eyes using a swinging motion. The hands move forward. Place the hands right over left directly on top of each other.
Crossing the hands 交 擺掌 Start with the hands at your sides. Curl the fingers and lower the hands down to the waist level making sure the hands are away from the body. Do this only once.you swing. Rub the palms together to make them warm. Fragrant Qigong (Xiang Gong) Part II (level II) . together with the palms facing the face. Swing the hands and cross them right over the left keeping several inches between them. 14. Lower the hands and spread them apart in an arc like motion. Palms together 雙 手 合 十 Start with the hands at the chest level in the prayer position. Swing them back down to your sides and repeat. Do this exercise only once. Repeat this exercise several times. Hold in this position for 1 minute. Cross the hands below the belly button and then repeat the same. Pull the palms down and over the face from the forehead to the chin. Closing exercise: 收 功 Bring the hands up to the throat level with palms facing away from the body. Bring the hands up to the forehead. 15. Keep the hands several inches from the eyes. Then place them over the face but not touching.
directly in front of the body. Hands should move in a slight circular motion 3. directly in front of the body. 2. Keeping the box in your . palms down. Both hands moving things Place hands in front of the body. Move the hands outward and back towards the body while swaying the hips. Pushing hands and swaying of the hips Place the hands. Imagine you are holding a small box about 10 inches wide. palms down.Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by: Peter Croke Edited by: Vera Eby Intermediate gong (training) Hip motion: Sway the hips. Hips should make a circular motion front-side-back-side on the same side that the hands are making their motion. Sway the hands side to side while swaying the hips at the same time. Point the fingers towards each other while keeping them on the same level. This hip motion is used on all of the exercises. Point the fingers outward and place hands next to each other. 1. Palms down and swaying of the hips Place the hands.
Sway the right hand back and forth to the right. Turn the hands toward the body. Press the palms toward the floor. Place them at the hip level and point the fingers away from the body. Place hands to the left of the body keeping the same position at hip level. Point the fingers outward next to each other while keeping them on the same level. Palms should face outward when away from the body. Jade lady threading silk Place the hands in front of the body with the fingers separated. Imagine the box always stays in your hands. directly in front of the body parallel to the floor. palms down. chest level. Place the hands to the left of the body while keeping the fingers curled. Repeat. like claws. Dragon lady picking lotus Place the hands in front of the body. Both hands drawing squash Place the hands. imagine you are placing the box to the left of your body. Turn the hands one over the other in a circular motion. and face the palms outward. . This motion should be like turning a wheel. Sprawling tiger moving qi Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. one side in a circular motion. Turn to the right side and repeat. 4.hands. Curl the fingers of the hands. Pick up the box and move it to the right side of your body. 2. 1. palms down (parallel to the floor). Turn to the right and repeat. 5. Sway the hips at the same time. Repeat.
3. bending at the elbows. Curl the fingers as if you are holding an imaginary stick. 4. Move the hands back and forth as needed to the left and right. Rotate the hands in an arc like movement up and down. Folding hands and drawing curves Fold the hands with the fingers interlocked in front of the body at the stomach/chest level. 1. 5. Moving staff Place hands at the chest level and face palms outward. Poking the hands Place the hands in front of the body between the belly button and the last rib. Keep hands several inches apart. Palms should not touch. Men right palm over left and women left palm over right. 2. Heavenly girl presenting flowers . with one hand next to the other. Hands should be on the same level but not touching. Back of the hands should be facing outward. Keep the hands in the same position. Move the hands from left to right and back to the left. Turn to the left and poke hands downward with the fingers together. Palms should face each other but not touch. Sway back and forth keeping the palms over each other and at the chest level. Old person swaying Place hands in front of abdomen palms facing inward. Turn to the right side and repeat.
Sway the hands and arms back and forth. left to right.Raise both hands in the air above the head. Place this box on your left. Hold for 20 seconds and drop the hands. Palms facing each other and shoulder width apart. Curl the fingers like claws and lower the hands down to the waist level making sure the hands are away from the body. bring the palms together at the forehead and drag the hands down to the . Sway the hands back and forth. then bring it to the center. Empty hands moving the Qi Place the hands directly in front of the body at the stomach level. 4. The palms should face inward. then your right. Sway the hands back and forth. hands should not touch. Post exercise: Bring the hands up to the throat level with palms facing away from the body. keeping the hands apart. Then place them over the face but not touching the face. while they are above the head. Palms should face each other. 3. from the left to the right. Palms should face down. Heavenly girl spreading flowers Place the hands directly in front of the body at the stomach level. left to right. Rub the palms together to make them warm. Three sages doing sitting meditation Imagine you have a small box between your hands. Bring the hands up to the forehead moving up the outside of the face. 5. Start in the center of the body at the stomach/chest level. Do this exercise only once.
He died in September 30. Many qigong exercises are created recently and are attributed to Buddha to draw attention or as a advertising gimmick. Back to Part I Epilogue The creator of Fragrant Qigong. 1995 of liver cancer. From the names of the movements of Fragrant Qigong. it seems that they are created by a person who are not familiar with Buddhist philosophy or Buddhist scriptures. (him) but he died . and it's movements. Repeat this exercise several times. Tian said that Xiang Gong (Fragrant Qigong) has 3 parts and the 3rd part is advanced part and you can only learn it from the grandmaster. Tian Ruisheng (田瑞生) claimed that this exercise was a classical Buddhist exercise.chin without touching the face. Mr. The Detailed Outline of Guo lin Qigong by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu I. We do not know who has been appointed by him as the next grandmaster to teach the 3rd part of Xiang Gong. Fragrant qigong is suitable for older people to use as a physical exercises but in a strict sense it should not be classified as qigong. Three breathing and three openings and closings .
imagine that the energy field collapses. Place the right hand over the point (Sea of Qi) at one and one-half inches below the navel. imagine the energy field expands and pushes the hands apart. drop the hands and bend the knees. Repeat three times. When inhaling. When inhaling. When exhaling. Straighten the legs. Do this three times. Loosening the waist a. Hold the hands up in front of your chest a shoulders' width apart. imagine the energy field collapses and the hands go back to the original position.Stand straight with arms relaxed. Then hold hands up in front of your chest. Repeat three times. When inhaling. Moving the arms and waist Stand with feet apart about shoulders' width. II. When exhaling. Place the left . III. When exhaling. imagine there is an energy field between the hands and the energy pushes the hands apart. The hands go back to the original position (down on the sides). imagine there is an energy field between the hands and the energy pushes the hands apart. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth three times. Rising and lowering with openings and closings Stand with feet about one leg's length apart with arms hanging down on both sides. imagine that the energy field collapses. Bend the knees to lower the stance. Hold them apart about shoulders' width. Next take one step forward. Then imagine there is an energy field between the hands.
hand at the back with the back of the hand resting on the acupoint shenshu. The width of the stance is about one leg's length. Hold the position for the duration of six or nine counts. IV. Repeat six times. raise the front arm (right arm) in the front of the body all the way over your head. Step forward with your left leg and bend your left knee until you cannot see your toes. Tilting forward Place both hands on your back with the back of your hands resting on Shenshu points. (Shenshu points are one and one-half inches on the left and the right from the acupoint mingmen .) When inhaling. c. Turning with bow-arrow stance Place both hands on your back with the backs of your hands resting on Shenshu points. Stand with both feet apart about shoulders' width. Walking with breath control Usually practice this at least 2 hours a day. Repeat three times. (to be uploaded soon) . Repeat tilting forward three times. b. Repeat with the other arm. The right leg is straight. Repeat with the other side. Tilt forward about 15-20 degrees. The mingmen is an acupoint on the spine opposite the navel. Then exhale and lower the arm by continuing to move in a large curve to the back and end up at the right shenshu.
Then imagine there is an energy field between the hands. INHALE TWICE WITH TWO HALF-STEPS. Closing with three openings and closings and three breathing (closing means end of the practice and exit the program) Stand straight with arms relaxed. These directions are for women. women start with the right side and men start with the left.Free training in guolin qigong walk in Golden Gate Park. imagine the energy field expands and pushes the hands apart. Massaging acupoints (to be uploaded soon) VI. PALM IN FRONT OF SEA OF QI Women place their right leg in back. With the left palm (Palace of Labor) facing the Sea of Qi . a point 1 1/2 inches below the navel. California. guolin walking Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by Joanna Weichert As in all guo lin exercises. When exhaling. When inhaling. San Francisco. . imagine the energy field collapses and the hands go back to the original position. 1. Men use the opposite leg and arm. Then inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth three times. V.
Pause and hold your breath. You will ﬁnd it easier as you practice. landing ahead of the ﬁrst leg. SWITCH LEGS After you have been doing this for some time and if you feel tired. ﬁlling the lungs as you do. with the other leg. Gathering and Dispersing Qigong 集散功 Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu . Practice this for about 2 hours a day. switch your arms easily and normally. Exhale as you step. You may walk for some time--hours even. you may stop and change sides. Then take another half-step forward with the right leg. doing the half-step with the other leg. 2. You may walk in a slow. As you do this.move your right leg even with the left and pause. resting on the ball of the foot. inhale halfway and pause the breath brieﬂy. As you move your leg. medium or fast speed. placing your other hand in front of your belly. 3. Keep your left palm in front of your belly. and the ﬁrst arm by your side. EXHALE WITH ONE FULL STEP AND SWITCH ARMS Now take the next step. a full step. Continue this in a gentle easy rhythm.
Breathe and calm the body down. Send the chi up and down the front of the body. On the exhale. Find a perfectly balanced posture. Send the chi up and down . hands. Breathe in slowly.) Loosen up by stretching the body. Prepare the body for qigong. Practise for about thirty six breath at about six breaths per minute. which is a point on the spine across from the navel. This exercise can be used for calming down. Practice these exercises slowly. an area three inches below the navel. gathering the qi in the general Dan Tian.Recorded by: Joe Broda (Joe Broda of San Jose. California is a special education teacher) Stand straight with feet apart. Longevity Qigong Taught by : Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by : Peter Croke (Peter Croke of San Francisco is a registered nurse. about shoulders' width. You can also do this qigong while lying down and facing up. legs and feet. Breathe as indicated. send the qi to the Gate of Life. and from there out to the arms.
Place the hands in front of the body at the middle chest level. Breathe in when the hands go out and breathe out when you bring the hands inward. Raise up about 90 degrees or less. send the chi to the perineum. Bring your hands towards your shoulders in an arc like motion while keeping the arms above the elbow still. 2. Breathe in on the up and breathe out on the down. Keep the hands perpendicular to the body. When the hands come in. keep them even with the sides of the body.the middle and to the upper chest. . When you breathe out. Place your hands by your sides. Palms should face upwards. 1. (click here for movie). This movement is like conducting a symphony. Raise and lower while breathing in and out. Swing the arms back and forth in an arc motion. (click here for movie). they should be parallel and almost touch. When raising the forearms. Raise both arms in front of you until they are parallel to the ﬂoor.
4. 3. The right leg should bend at the knee while the left leg should remain straight but on a slant. Practice the same movement but turn the palms (palace of labor) downward. Stretch them all the way so the elbows are not bent. with your hands reaching away from the body as far as possible. the . Bend the torso at the waist. Palms should be rotated so they are facing each other when pulled in and facing outward when reaching away from the body. Repeat this on the other side. and the left arm point straight up in the air. (click here for movie). Let the right arm lower to the right knee. but not farther than parallel to the ﬂoor. Pull the hands toward the body. 5. Raise the arms so they are parallel to the ﬂoor and stretched out to the sides. Keep the elbows close to the body. keeping them perpendicular to the ﬂoor and mid torso. Bend the knees as far as you can. When coming up to switch sides. Breathe in when the arms are pulled to the body and out when the arms are stretched away from the body. This is like a cross position.
Breathe in when the arms are raised. which is located on . (Click here for movie) Then shake the arms and hands. (Click here for movie) 6. California is a special education teacher) Objective: Using the mind to direct the qi to target areas. Then send to the middle dan tian. First build qi in the general dan tian. Rotate the hands around each other in front of the body at the mid torso level -. and out when the torso is bent.one hand over the other toward the body and then the opposite way away from the body.arms will again be parallel to the ﬂoor. The Three Dan Tian in One Exercise 三田合一 Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by: Joe Broda (Joe Broda of San Jose. This is a circular motion. (Click here for movie). and then shake the legs and feet.
Repeat the exercise. which is the point of intersection of a horizontal line drawn from between the eyebrows and a vertical line coming downwards from the point on the top of the head where the three bones meet. then to the upper one.an imaginary line 1/3 of the distance from the Sea of Qi (one and a half inches below the navel) to the Gate of Life (a point directly across from the navel on the back). send the qi to the upper dan tian. From the middle dan tian. Step II Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu . sending the qi back to the middle dan tian. middle again and down to the lower one. located at the perineum (the region between the anus and the genitals). Three dan tian in one. Send the qi back to the middle dan tian and down to the lower dan tian.
As you are doing this. Move the qi to the second dan tian while breathing in and out. lower the qi from the general dan tian* to the lower dan tian (perineum) then breathe out. He has been helping many people practising guoling qigong in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco). 3.Recorded by: Peter Croke (Peter Croke of San Francisco is a registered nurse. Draw an imaginary line from between the eyebrows inward. Breathe deeply into the dan tian* (three inches below the navel). Repeat the breathing until the general dan tian is full then move the qi between the three subsequent areas of the body also called dan tian. Draw an imaginary line from the sea of qi** to the Gate of Life***. Keep legs straight but knees relaxed. The upper dan tian is where the lines intersect. Fill the general dan tian with qi while breathing in. Then draw an imaginary line down from where the three bones meet on the top of the head (the soft spot on a baby¹s head). lower the eyes and lower the tongue from the roof of the mouth to the floor of the mouth to help guide the flow of the qi. As you breathe in. The perineum is the lower dan tian. Relax hands and arms. The middle dan tian is 1/3 of the distance from the sea of qi inward. The locations of the three subsequent dan tian: 1. 2. keeping them at the sides. Move the qi to the third . Stand with feet shoulder-width apart.
*** Gate of Life : Directly across from the navel. Bring the qi back to lower dan tian Repeat these movements and eventually hit all 3 dan tian with one breath. Taiji Qigong Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by Peter Croke Edited by Vera Eby . Note: * General Dan Tian : 6 fingers or 3 biological inches below the navel. between the two kidneys. This exercise may be done standing or lying down. When drawing an imaginary horizontal line to the back on the spine.dan tian as you breathe in and out. Lower the qi back to the second dan tian as you breathe in and out. A biological inch is equal to the length of the middle joint of your middle finger. When you bring the qi to the head raise the eyes upward and touch the roof of the mouth with the tongue to help bring the qi upward. ** Sea of Qi : 3 fingers below the navel or one and half biological inch below the navel. (on the back). adjust it down a bit as the tendency is to identify the spot a little too high. Lower the eyes and tongue as you bring the qi down.
Palms face up. Palms should be rotated so they are facing up when pulled back and face outward when reaching away from the body. The hands are brought back to the sides of the body as far as possible. The torso is slightly forward so the coccyx is sticking slightly out. Keep the elbows and arms close to the body. the palms are facing forward. Push the arms. (The leg is measured from the inseam to the foot.) The knees are bent but not less than 90 degrees. 1. Breathe inward when the arms are pulled to the body and out when the arms are stretched away from the body. Push the hand and arms forward while rotating the palms. The shadow of the sword and the shooting star Legs are in horse stance: The legs are one leg's length apart. keeping them perpendicular to the floor and mid torso (elbows are at 90 degrees). Click here to see video . The elbows move back. When you bend down. the knees move in slightly.Each exercise is done 16 times. so that when the arms are fully extended out in front of you.
When circling upward. Then rotate the hands and arms up and around back to 9 again. Rotate the arms and hands in a circular motion. first counterclockwise and then clockwise. Only the first rotation is at 6. Allow the knees to relax. The first rotation is from 6 to 9.2. Breathe out. Breathe in. keeping the fingers interlaced. Click here to see video 3. Next. The breathing is switched as the exercise is reversed. The arms are in front of the body and pushed toward the ground as far as they can go without bending the torso (elbows straight). palms will also face upward. Interlace the fingers of both hands with the palms facing downward. The remaining rotations are a half circle between 9 and 3. cut across the diameter of the circle to the opposite side (3). Make a circle as big as you are able to stretch the back. Then reverse this exercise. The colorful cloud at the edge of the sky . The universe and heaven and earth Legs should be shoulder width apart. Imagine a big clock right in front of the body (facing you).
and repeat with the other arm. Lean forward on the front leg as you raise the arm. and breathe out as the arm moves down. switch the legs. Arms and hands are at the sides. (When raising the arm the heel of the leg in back will come off the floor. The hands are side by side.Legs are shoulder length apart. The fingers are pointed downward. Move the hands in . Click here to see video. Place the hands in front of the body. Raise the hands up toward the throat while keeping them about 2 inches from the body. Put one leg behind the body and one leg in front of the body. When you get to the throat area. The palms are facing toward the body.) Lower the arm. Relax the arms and hands so they are just dangling. Breathe in as the arm moves up. Legs are at an angle. spread the hands out. Keep the elbow straight. Raise the arm of the leg that is forward. they are placed in front of the bellybutton area and about 2 inches from the body. 4. Raise one arm over the head (in an arc motion). Spreading the clouds and paying respect to the sun Feet are placed shoulder width apart.
Click here to see video. They are at forehead or above level. Keep toes facing forward. 5. Raise the arm of the back leg over the head (in an arc motion). When the leg comes forward. Keep the elbow straight. The moon sinking into the Yangtze river Legs are shoulder length apart. Breathe in as the arm moves up and breathe out as the arm moves down.opposite directions of each other. The hands are now to the side of the body but still 2 inches from the body. Put one leg behind the body and one leg in front of the body. the leg is then lifted off the ground in front of the body. Rotate the hand so the fingers are pointing up as you spread them at the forehead or above area. Repeat. Arms and hands are at the sides. Breathe in as you go up and out as you come down. When the arm is coming down the same leg comes forward. Hold the leg in this spot for several seconds and then lower to . Relax the arms and hands so they are just dangling. Bring the hands straight down and then back to the bellybutton area. Keep the palms facing inward. Legs are at an angle.
Raise the hands over the head and reach to the sky. MALE EAGLE SPREADING HIS WINGS Legs apart in riding horse stance. above the head. Reverse. as body tilts to right.the ground. in front of the abdomen. 2. then moving away from body. as in . Return to the starting position. in a semi-circle. switching the legs and repeat with the other arm. Arm and hands should dangle at the sides of the body. Breathe in as you go up and out as you come down. 6. Arms are at sides outstretched but loose. Taiji Qigong Part II Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by Vera Eby 1. with left arm up and right arm down. Repeat. FIERCE TIGER STRETCHING HIS TENDONS Hands are at chest with palms facing chest. almost at shoulder height. Right arm arcs upwards. down at sides with hands open. also in a semi-circle. and outstretched. with palm up. Click here to see video. Ten piles in the sky Legs should be shoulder width apart. While reaching raise up on the toes and the balls of the feet. left arm arcs down. the arms and hands. Hold for a few seconds and then lower the feet.
Continue with the other arm as if doing the crawl stroke. move the left foot forward. Twist to the right with the head turning to look down. JADE LADY PRESENTING TREASURES With the hands outstretched. . turning the palms toward the face and sweeping the hands down. the hands move up. elbows down and hands at chin level. Begin with hands in front of lower abdomen. one crossed over the other. Then reverse and twist to the left. forward. 3. Move the hands forward to form semi-circles. 6. Then.supplication. EFFICACIOUS CAT CATCHING THE MICE Legs are apart in the rider's stance. and down with each move. bring an arm up and forward to the front as in the crawl stroke. In the meantime. as if to "wash" the face. The left heel will lift up. MUD SWALLOW TOUCHING THE WATER Hands are outstretched on each side. 4. Then raise the hands in front of the face at forehead level. but stopping each stroke in front of the body rather than carrying through. about six inches from each side. GREEN DRAGON TURNING HIS HEAD Hands are at sides. 5. Switch feet and repeat the hand action.
Eat your meal a little later. Press and massage feng fu (風 府) for more than a hundred times. also visualize a hundred circles. visualize a hundred circles. The following is one of them. Merge the qi and go into the ridge of the nose. Circle for some time and go into que qiao (鵲 橋) and pass cong lou (重 樓). Now the practice is effective. Then divide the qi into 2 branches and go into the eyes and go to the pupils also visualize a hundred circles. straight to ni wan (泥丸). When sweat is coming out. and fever: Watch gen bei (守 艮背). An Example of Daoist Coded Writing by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Usually the daoist writings are coded with terms that are not understood by outsiders. fullness in the upper back. After entering ding (定) practise xing ting (用 行庭 ). knees. After calming down. avoid wind. cross fingers of both hands and grap feng fu (風 府) tightly and bow forward for more than a hundred times. go through . send to feng fu (風 府). Rub hands till hot.follow the movement of each hand with the eyes. loin are. Circle into the deep area. focus on qi hai point. Do gen bei (艮 背)for one incense.Secrete Essentials of Health Maintenance (a Daoist writing). For headache. Source of Chinese Writing: Bao Sheng Mi Yao .
按摩風府百餘次. que qiao. It will create dao yin (導 引) effect. 後 分兩路. 多旋一會. Practise until the mind is clear (心 純) and the qi will go to the front and back. Use the nails to squeeze them till you feel the pain. 、目脹、 背 勿見風. 至鼻柱合行. 接上鵲橋. 兩 屈指. feng fu. which is about an hour. 漸入瞳人百度. 旋眼胞. 清坐一香.the chest and abdomen and stop in qi hai (氣海). huang ting are all daoist terms. 俟汗自出. 行胸腹. cong lou. All pain and swelling will disappear. 入定後用行 庭.) One incense: the time of burning one stick of incense. most daoist writings are heavily loaded with those jargons to confuse outsiders. make child's seal (孩 兒印)with your hands and curl your toes of both feet. 經重樓. 則效矣。 [運 功法] 《保生秘要》曰: 凡頭 脹、腰脹、膝酸、發熱 者. 後 定心以兩手交 緊抱風府. 亦旋入 深處. ding. 止於氣 海。 睡時以兩手捻孩兒印. Bite your teeth together and focus and circulate in qi hai (氣海). 傷風導引運功 法 (保 生秘要) 《保生秘要》曰: 先擦手心極熱. 向前拜揖百餘. 運至風府. Note: gen bei. xing ting. Or. When you sleep. ni wan. Bad energy will dissipate. 當先守艮背. 飯食遲進. qi hai. 意在 . 緊 關. To guard their secret of training. (To decode the writing. 直行泥丸. 定息氣海. use your fingers massage both side of your head and to the ears. 亦旋百度. consult your instructor. 用意繞回百度.
Sleep is very important in maintaining the immune system. 練至心純. 前後間行. 以指甲捻之至 in Different Channels 子午流注 by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu These are the most efficient time to practise qi gong or therapy for specific illnesses according qigong theory or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but do not interfere with sleep.m. 及耳根處. Gall bladder channel of foot shaoyang 丑 1 a. to 1 a. 邪氣無不散者. Time in Chinese Hours Meridians (Channels) Click on the link for chart: 子 11 p. . . 不覺真意自 旋一貫. . 有導引之功。 Time of the Day and Optimum Qi Flow 脹自止。 或以手 指於腦上著力分兩 邊摩之. to 3 a.m.氣海旋繞。 或繞入黃庭注念.m.m.
Liver channel of foot jueyin 寅 3 a.m.m. to 3 p. to 11 a. Large intestine channel of hand yangming 辰 7 a.m.m. Lung channel of hand taiyin 卯 5 a. . to 1 p.m. Heart channel of hand shaoyin 未 1 p.m.m. Spleen channel of foot taiyin 午 11 a. Stomach channel of foot yangming 巳 9 a. to 9 a.m.m.m. to 5 a.m.m. to 7 a.
m. Bladder channel of foot taiyang 酉 5 p. Pericardium channel of hand jueyin 亥 9 p.m.m. sanjiao channel of hand shaoyang free qigong exercise: Roc spreads its wings: opening position: stand with feet shoulder width apart feet parallel and facing 12:00 imagine head lifted from crown chin tucked in slightly .m. to 7 p.m. to 9 p. Triple warmer. Kidney channel of foot shaoyin 戌 7 p.m.m. to 11 p. to 5 p.Small intestine channel of hand taiyang 申 3 p.m.
slightly bent transition move: breathe in raise arms straight out to sides at shoulder height palms face front arc body forwards: breathe out arc forwards from hips arc arms inwards until hands cross at wrists palms face ground .eyes forward and relaxed shoulders relaxed arms hang loosely down fingers gently apart and slightly curved palms towards body tailbone tucked in knees relaxed .
arc body backwards: breathe in arc backwards from hips until you are leaning back very slightly keep chin tucked in arc arms outwards until they are extended at shoulder height palms face front return to starting position: breathe in arc arms to hand loosely at sides palm faces thigh end of free qigong exercise end of qi gong exercise Putting it all together: The complete free qigong exercise sequence .
introduction: Roc spreads it’s wings is another free qigong exercise for you to learn. We’ve also seen what looks like the same exercise done as a warm up and called 'Early bird spreads its wings' so you might already know it. If you would like to learn more please visit tai chi 24 step form resources For this move imagine that you are a powerful eagle as you raise your body and heels and stretch your wings out to get ready to fly free. .the swooping action of raising the arm is found in the simplified tai chi form as 'White crane spreads its wing'. The influence of birds and their wing movements is not just found in qigong .
benefits: back is strengthened by the heel raises balance is also improved by the heel raises lungs benefit from the arm extension up and out said to help lift depression tips: avoid bending too far forward or backwards .you could put too much pressure on your back muscles Always do things slowly and comfortably – Tai chi and qigong for health and relaxation are not meant to hurt! – ever! .
Awakening Your Healing Life Force .
The second is the Mantra approach in which the mind is rhythmically lulled with sounds or images. properly speaking. This approach is different. After thousands of repetitions the body begins to vibrate at a higher frequency and the meditator becomes aware of the higher energies and sensations of symbols. conserved. This enables you to become aware of your higher self and assists in the development of your immortal spirit. It does not depend on the total absence of thought. this system stresses meditating on the ﬂow of chi or life force energy throughout the body. Once the energy is in the chakras it is recycled. and transformed into a higher form of energy. . or images operating beyond the sensory processes of the ordinary mind. The ﬁrst is the Zen approach of “silent sitting. until the mind becomes blank. increased. It is sometimes called the warm current meditation because it helps to direct chi (warm current) along the meridians of the body to the power centers known as chakras. Most of the meditation techniques taught today still the mind using one of several basic approaches. is the stilling of the mind. Instead.” facing a blank wall and watching only your thoughts.Energy Meditation. This meditation is the basis of the Healing Tao System called the Microcosmic Orbit Meditation. pictures. colors. You sit until moment of pure awareness arrives.
Opening the Microcosmic Orbit is the ﬁrst stage in “wiring” the body and is followed by opening other routes so your body can handle .The secret of circulating chi has been passed along for thousands of year in China where it has brought extraordinary improvements to health and the quality of life. This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum to the tip of your tongue. In the diagram above the meridians along the back are on the Governor (male) Channel. At least reduce the amount of preservatives and additives in your food and water. In order to begin circulating chi in the direction of the higher energy centers you have to open the two main channels or meridians that the chakras lie on. This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum (at the base of your body right between your legs) up the spine over the head to the third eye. Energy that runs up this channel is thought to be Yin or cold. The meridians along the front are on the Functional (female) Channel. While it is not necessary to be a vegetarian to enjoy the beneﬁts of Microcosmic Meditation you will experience greater beneﬁts by eating and drinking foods of a quality higher than fast food and junk food. Energy that runs up this channel is considered Yang or hot and is commonly thought of as Kundalini energy. I have to add a caution: People who eat and drink foods full of preservatives and additives may experience discomfort when circulating chi due to the impurities in their body creating blockages along the meridians.
The Gia Pe point opposite the heart chakra and the Ta Chui point opposite the throat chakra are not used in this particular meditation.more energy. In the beginning I found that staring at the location of each center was enough for me to recall it in my meditations. Do you . Before I begin the instructions there are a few cautions. I sit in a comfortable position and use a technique of visualizing my body parts and mentally telling them to relax. How to Activate the Microcosmic Orbit You need to relax to do any meditation. The Hsuan Chi or throat chakra is not used in the beginning. Wait until you have achieved a level of success doing the meditation before activating the throat chakra. Each of these chakras should be visualized as being on a line in the center of the front and back of your body. When you open more routes the vital organs will be able to receive and contain more energy. Do not activate these centers when doing the Microcosmic Orbit. To open your eyes to take a peek at the diagram during meditation can break your relaxation. Take a moment to closely examine the diagram above.
When the energy has accumulated here proceed downward in the same manner to your perineum chakra. With a gentle concentration visualize this chakra generating energy as a golden light. visualize this chakra glowing with a golden light. direct your attention to your navel chakra. Remember to skip Gia Pe and Ta Chui. When you feel the energy activating the chakra at your perineum maintain the golden light in this and the two previous chakras as you move up to the base of your spine at the sacral pump or coccyx. Once this . Once you feel the energy gathered there maintain the golden light in it as you bring your attention down to the sperm/ovary palace. That’s your cranial pump at the medulla oblongata. Bring your attention to this chakra center visualizing it glowing with a golden light as you did at the other centers. Bring your attention to the chakra center at the base of your skull. Once you are relaxed. Continue up the spine in a similar manner bringing your attention to each chakra center on the diagram above. Bring your attention to this area and visualize the golden light glowing from within this chakra. Feel the golden light glowing from within as you maintain the light at the previous chakra centers. With the same gentle concentration as before. Any method used to relax your body and mind is the best one to use.already have a favorite technique? If so. that’s the one to use.
2) Further back at the center of the roof of your mouth on the hard palate. There are three locations you can choose. In order to bring the energy down the front you must connect the two channels by placing the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Visualize the golden light being generated within this center. Since this is probably new for you it is best for you to use the one that is most comfortable. 1) The point where your upper front teeth touch your gums. With experience you’ll be able to move your tongue back to point # 3 so don’t sweat it if you can’t in the beginning. .chakra is activated move your attention up to your crown chakra. Connecting the masculine and feminine channels Now that you have activated the energy in the masculine or back channel it is time to activate the feminine or front channel. Once the feminine channel is activated you can rotate the energy in a circular fashion throughout your body. 3) Further back along the roof where the palate gets soft. Maintain the golden light as you move down your forehead to the mid-eyebrow or pituitary center and bring your attention there. The important thing to remember is that the only way to circulate the energy is to touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. The further back the better but any one works good.
Remember: Each of these chakras should be visualized as being on a line down the center of the front and up the back of your body. Now that you have activated all the major chakra centers maintain the golden light at each one with a gentle concentration. This is the fun part! Visualize the energy moving. Visualize it glowing with a golden light generated from within. The sensation is different for everyone so I won’t try to describe it. Bring your attention to your tongue as you place it to the roof of your mouth. Visualize the energy being generated there glowing with a golden light. Once the energy at your heart center is established move your attention down to the solar plexus point. Then open your crown chakra to the . Direct the earth energy up your kegs to the perineum and add it to the Microcosmic Orbit. circulating down the front and up the back through all the centers. As you activate this center maintain the golden light in all the previous chakra centers. Stay relaxed and enjoy! You can add to your energy by mentally opening the centers on the soles of your feet to the earth. You do not have to visualize your tongue glowing. The tongue is very sensitive. You should experience a change in the ﬂow of energy. Now that your tongue is connected bring your attention to the thymus gland/heart chakra. Keep your tongue to the roof of your mouth and “see/feel” the energy as a golden wheel rolling over and around your body through the chakra centers.
up. left hand over right. then reverse direction and make 24 circles slowly making smaller circles stopping at the navel. Place your hands over your navel. and move both hands together in . Slightly tighten your perineum muscles. I won’t recommend or suggest a length of time for doing this meditation. energizes. WOMEN: Stand with your feet hip distance apart. Women and men use the same technique except they move in different directions. or night. When you’re ﬁnished it is necessary to collect the energy and store it in the navel chakra. Try to do it for at least 15 minutes. Make 36 circles counterclockwise slowly making larger circles. MEN: Stand with your feet hip distance apart. right hand over left.energy from the cosmos. Direct cosmic energy into the crown chakra and add it to the Microcosmic Orbit. Place your hands over your navel. taking care not to go beyond the diaphragm and the pubic bone. and distributes your natural energy throughout the body. It works best for me to do this meditation before eating whether it’s in the morning. Slightly tighten your perineum muscles. As with most meditations the longer you do it the more results you’ll get. Collecting and Sealing Your Energy The Microcosmic Orbit opens. and move both hands together in a spiral motion to the right then down (counterclockwise). afternoon.
Just take your time when activating that particular chakra or location and send smiling energy to that chakra or location. taking care not to go beyond the diaphragm and the pubic bone.a spiral motion to the left then down (clockwise). Actually put a smile on your face and send the energy from that smile to loosen up the blockage. then reverse direction and make 24 circles slowly making smaller circles stopping at the navel. . As you energize and empower your chakras you may become aware of obstructions on the pathways and in the chakras. If this happens it is natural. Make 36 circles clockwise slowly making larger circles.
Meridians The meridians are the energy channels of our body. This is where energy or chi circulates. The two primary meridians of the body are the governing vessel and the conception vessel. The governing vessel ﬂows up the spine (the spine governs our movements). The conception vessel ﬂows down the chest bisecting the belly button (we were attached by our navel at conception until birth). These two meridians connect at the base of the spine and are connected by sealing mula bhanda. On the other end they are connected at the roof of the mouth and by pressing the tongue ﬂat into the space behind the teeth. By connecting these meridians we stimulate energy to move and ﬂow within us opening blocked areas and imbibing us with greater power. There are 7200 nadis and just as many meridians in the body. Aside from the primary meridians (governing and conception) there are the 12 organ meridians. These meridians circulate the energy between our organs and help regulate our physical bodies functioning. Once chi / kundalini has been awakened and the microcosmic orbit has been practiced further exploration into the meridians is possible.
The microcosmic circulation is a solid basic practice to start with to begin to increase your chi kung skills and abilities. 1. The circulation is begun by ﬁrst exhaling all of the air in your lungs 2. Next seal the root lock and inhale, focusing on drawing energy up your spinal column 3. As your reach the crown of your head press your tongue onto the roof of your mouth 4. Allow the energy to sink thru your palate and tongue as you exhale feeling the energy ﬂow down the front of your torso 5. Sense the energy connect at your root as it continues its circulation 6. Keep the tongue pressed on the palate and the root lock sealed as you keep breathing. 7. Inhale as the energy rises, Exhale as the energy sinks
8. Continue practice of this art until it becomes second nature
A more advanced practice for those familiar with chi kung and the microcosmic circulation is to connect with the earth meridians also known as ley lines. There are often ley lines that follow streams and major waterways. Find a local water way and familiarize yourself with it until it is etched into your head. Sit by this water way and practice this one time then in the future you can just visualize the spot and still tap the natural chi from that spot even if you are distant. 1. sit facing downstream 2. exhale and allow your energy to sink into the earth
3. feel the water coursing by you as you inhale and draw up the energy from the earth 4. as the energy reaches the top of your head use your eye muscles to pull slightly down on your outer eye edges just at the transitioning point from inhale to exhale 5. exhale allowing the energy to sink back down to your root 6. continue circulating the energy 7.now each time as you inhale draw energy from the water up your spine adding it to your own circulating energies
which means this energy is available to all other meridians and organs. Richard Wilhelm  described the beneﬁt of the circling of light in his translation of the Secret of the Golden Flower. beginning in the lower belly. it is called "shoshuten. The point on the spine is the yang part. This is perhaps the best way to cultivate health and long life. the orbit is completed. circling down under the spine. while at the same time preparing the way to a deep spiritual understanding. The term "microcosmic orbit" is a translation of the Daoist term for a full orbiting of energy through the front and back body. and raise them up from the muladhara to the ajna. and channel." which means a "circling of light. with their roots on the spine and their open ends on the front of the body. Motoyama believes the chakras to be cones. the reservoirs of the Governing Vessel and Conception meridians are reﬁlled. The open end of the cone. In the 1930s. So far. An orbit is followed. as energy descends along the front of the body. Along with this third dimension. This activation of energy is a key preparation for many advanced Daoist practices. comes a yin and yang orientation to each chakra. when we discussed the chakras in . is the yin part of the chakra. on the front of the body. The microcosmic orbit touches the yin and yang parts of the chakras. ending at the ajna. all the stray energies in the body. Recall. we learned that Dr. a Chinese . and circles the whole upper body. up the back and over the crown of the head. This touches only part of the chakras. back down to the lower belly." The microcosmic orbit is a way to gather. In Japan. The Microcosmic Orbit The chakras are polarized. Through activating the microcosmic orbit. all the orbits of energy we have looked at were along the yang lines of the chakras. This is the inhalation half of the orbit. On exhalation.
a friend of Carl Jung's. The circling of light is an alchemical or transforming process. and. at death. conserved. Great One. If the life forces are led through the "backward-ﬂowing" process. which the Daoists had been practicing for thousands of year. A man who holds to the way of conservation all through life may reach the stage of the "Golden Flower. the animus has been victorious. This ancient text was transmitted orally for centuries before being written down in the eighth century. the undivided. It was Wilhelm's work that turned Jung in the direction of alchemy. without let or hindrance into the outer world. It is then possessed of shen. that is.Book of Life. and the ego persists after death. and made to "rise" instead of allowed to dissipate." which then frees the ego from the conﬂict of the opposites. that is. wrote: If the life forces ﬂow downward. Wilhelm. the ego is lost. no "spirit body" or "Golden Flower" is developed. the anima is victorious over the animus. the revealing spirit. and it again becomes part of Tao. When the light .
on the front of the body. over the top of your head. Pause here at the top of the inhalation for two or three seconds. the legs as well. Pause here for two or three seconds before beginning a new orbit. along the spine. and right back to the svadhisthana again." It is not considered as important as the microcosmic loop. Feel. As you exhale. As you inhale. Two or three minutes of orbiting the energy should be sufﬁcient. Watch closely how you feel. We attain the natural spirit-body." The sages claim in the Secret of the Golden Flower that the only tool we need to master is this concentration of thought on the circling light. without reacting to anything. and right to the ajna point between the eyebrows. feel the energy at those points. during the long holds in the yin poses. When you have ﬁnished. The macrocosmic orbit extends the journey of energy down. and back up. the back of the neck. release the effort. . which is about halfway between your navel and pubic bone. slowly feel the energy descend inside the face and throat. it crystallizes and the body is transformed. or even at the beginning of Shavasana as we lay on our backs. In Shavasana. Circulating energy through the microcosmic orbit can be done at any time: prior to asana practice. This is the svadhisthana. and then upward. Exhale completely. and let the breath be whatever it wants to be. and this body is formed "beyond all heavens. energy there. touch each chakra on both the yin and yang sides (front and back) of the body. to the navel. follow a ﬂow of energy down the midline of your body. or imagine you feel. just before meditation.circles long enough. bring your awareness to the second chakra. Continue to follow the midline of the body down to the sternum. There is an orbit beyond the microcosmic called the "macrocosmic orbit. under the pubic bone to the tailbone. As you orbit the body.
we leave you to continue on with your own journey … perhaps with new guides who will help take you closer to the universal ocean. While the time has come to leave you. . Our journey together down the Yin River is nearing completion … but it too is not ending.Called the Marco Polo of the inner world of China. The journey along an orbit never ends. circular path that is repeated over and over. 1 -.An orbit is a closed.
with your chin parallel to the ground -. It has also been shown to strengthen the immune system. Focus on a point on the wall in front of you. but a 2000-year-old series of bodily movements and breaths that calms the spirit and the mind. once daily to help keep your mind and body calm and focused. it’s not a tea or percussion instrument.this will help maintain balance. Repeat each move three times before moving on to the next. breathe in slowly.Chi-Gong Workout By RealAge Ever tried chi-gong (also spelled qigong)? Ever even heard of it? No. crafted by the YOU Docs and chi-gong master Karl Romain. Your eyes should never drop during any exercise.a point 2 inches below the navel. The most important goal of chi-gong is to learn how to breathe correctly -.which involves breathing from the tan tien -. 1 of 13 E-mail Print Share . Ideally. do this series of movements. reduce stress. In each exercise. and improve balance and posture (all important as we get older).
and exhale as you come back to the middle. turn your head to the left and repeat the sequence. Turn your head to the right as you inhale. . Then.Loosening the Neck Sink to the ground with your elbows and knees slightly bent and your chin parallel to the ground.
Picking the Fruit Exhale as you reach for imaginary fruit. and then progressively move up the imaginary tree. Keep your knees bent and your back straight. Reach for the closest fruit first. . and inhale while bringing the fruit down.
with your hands sliding down to the level of your waist. . then wrists. Feel the energy as your hands pass down your body. then elbows. your elbows go out and your hands angle toward the middle -as if you’re grabbing a pole -.Relaxing the Shoulders Lift your shoulders first. Roll your shoulders back.
and then raise your arms as if you’re reaching toward heaven. Lean to the right as you exhale.Reaching to Heaven Inhale and clasp your hands at the level of your navel. bring your hands down in front of your navel as you exhale. Use the same technique as you lean to the left. . and then inhale as you come back to the center. Finally.
stretch your legs as you let your torso hang to the floor. . allowing your head to be the last part of the body to rise up. keeping your knees slightly bent.Bow. this really works the control of your breath. Bend at your knees and squat with your hands on the insides of knees. bow forward from the waist while your hands slide down your thighs and onto your knees. and Stretch As you inhale. exhale.) Then. (Do not exhale until you come back up. Bend. As you slowly rise up.
Stepping over the Fence Inhale and deliberately shift your weight to the left until the right leg has no weight on it.as if you’re stepping over a 1-foot fence. foot pointed out. Pretend that your right hand is attached to your right knee by a string. With your hand over your knee and leg. Repeat with your left side. Lift your leg only when it is weightless. exhale as you rotate your leg and arm to the right -. . and then rotate your foot frontward as you transfer weight to the right. Slowly lower your heel.
lift your right knee and clasp your hands over your knee as you hold it in the air.Lifting a Knee Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. again raising your hands with palms together. Inhale as you step forward with your left foot at a 45-degree angle and raise your hands in front of you with palms facing each other. Let go of your knee as you inhale and step back with your right foot. You should feel the stretch in your lower back. . Exhale as you bring your left foot back to center and lower your hands to your sides. Keep your back straight and the knee of your standing leg slightly bent. As you exhale.
use your shoulders to circle your arms and squat down as you rotate your arms in one direction -.as though you are cleaning a mirror. After repeating three times (or more).Polishing the Mirror With your pelvis tucked under and back straight. and exhale as you rise. Inhale as you squat down. . repeat with your arms moving in the opposite direction.
your posture is incorrect. pelvis tucked.) Repeat.Picking up the Suitcase With your back straight. and feet shoulder-width apart. as if you were putting the . as if you were reaching for luggage located behind your legs. squat back with your hands open and beside your knees. as if you were grasping luggage handles. (If your knees are strained. Go only as low as possible.
elbows bent and shoulders relaxed. Universal Post With your back straight. Repeat with the .luggage back on the floor. and put your arms around an imaginary wide post. step forward with your left leg. Roll the post to the right and then to the left.
Monkey Hears a Noise In this exercise.other foot forward. and exhale as you look over your shoulder. you'll inhale as you step out. Turn your head to look over your left shoulder. step out to the left and lean forward in a twisted position. You should feel a stretch in your right calf. lower back. With your knees slightly bent. and neck. with your right arm extended forward and your left hand closed in a fist next to your left hip. rotate in the . as if you’re a monkey running forward while hearing a noise behind you. Then.
opposite direction. with your body facing toward the right. and your hips tucked under with a straight back. Do . focusing on the movement of your belly. Keep your legs bent and spread. Standing Meditation Clasp your hands over your tan tien (that’s 2 inches below the navel) and breathe.
Qigong (Chi gong) Chi Gong is a set of meditative exercises developed over 2.this for about 2 minutes -.that’s the maximum most people can focus.000 years ago by Taoist monks in China. By combining simple body .
Through qigong. manifest changes in the physical body. We may understand qi as the force that integrates the relationship between body (matter. In the philosophy of qigong. structure) and mind (process.movements. build strength and to advance spiritually. They learn another way of looking at and experiencing the dynamic unity of life. a primary aim is to maintain or restore balance and harmony within the energy body and therefore. function). breathing and mental imagery you can direct the flow of your body's energy to prevent disease. This permits one to build up resistance to imbalances and blockages affecting our qi. and it helps to reveal the body's place within nature's oneness. . Qigong practice makes one sensitive to the internal operations of one's body. one far removed from the disenchanted and alienated thought-paterns common in Western civilization. Practitioners gain more than improved health. which aids the integration of one's yin and yang internal factors within the universal order -. one can build up qi and move it to where a disturbance or blockage occurs.of which we are a part.
Zhan Zhuang: Standing Like a Tree Zhan Zhuang means "standing like a tree" and is pronounced "Jan Juang". although it is a highly energetic exercise system. In contrast to many other methods. "Jam Jong". training in Zhan Zhuang is a complete surprise in the beginning. in southern China. For most people. Zhan Zhuang Chi Gong is practised in well-balanced standing positions which increase the flow of energy and build up internal strength. There are no recognisable external movements. Zhan Zhuang develops our internal energy in a very efficient way. or. instead of consuming it. The Zhan Zhuang system is based on a unique fusion of .
Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong"). awareness of this method of exercise has exploded throughout China. and improving health and energy overall. and is used from everything from building strength for martial arts to self-healing." This particular form of qigong. increasing respiration and alertness. Zhan Zhuang means "standing like a tree. Suppressed during the Cultural Revolution. is about four thousand years old. Hospitals throughout China overflow with reports of cures of myriad conditions using any of hundreds of forms of this art. Zhan Zhuang.exertion and relaxation which stimulates. reducing stress and pain. but Wang made it the foundation of his training." aptly called. where currently 200 million Chinese practice some form of qigong regularly. (also spelled qi) "the energy of life. cleanses and internally massages the whole organism. may be China's best kept secret. Qigong means "an exercise to develop chi. lowering blood pressure. . Perhaps "standing like a tree" does not sound powerful. because all the Zhan Zhuang postures are performed standing. dazhengquan. in utter motionlessness. the grandmaster and founder of the newest "soft" Chinese martial art. This form of Zhan Zhuang was the method used by Wang Xiang Zhai.
Through the practice of Zhan Zhuang Chi Gong we're able to take advantage of our whole potential. . Zhan Zhuang Chi Gong has been a well kept secret and it is only since the mid 40s of this century that it has been taught and discussed publicly. without becoming exhausted. In Europe. both physically and psychologically. Master Lam Kam Chuen introduced it in 1987.For a long time. He is also the author of the first book on Zhan Zhuang in the West. This is achieved in a completely natural way without the need for fighting ourselves.
By learning to smile inwardly to the organs and glands. Their combined forces are considered by Taoists as the Light of Warm Current Meditation. Awaken Your Healing Light A. An open Microcosmic Orbit enables you to expand outward to connect with the Universal. . the whole body will feel loved and appreciated.INTRODUCTORY LEVEL I. Opening The Microcosmic Orbit: The first level of the Healing Tao system involves opening the Microcosmic Orbit within yourself. Cosmic Particle and Earth Forces. The Inner Smile: The Inner Smile is a powerful relaxation technique that utilizes the expanding energy of happiness as a language with which to communicate with the internal organs of the body. B.
Press the tip of the tongue against the soft palate of the mouth. ears. and gentle external stimulation this simple yet highly effective self massage technique enables one to dissolve some of the energy blocks and stress points responsible for disease and the aging process. Taoist Rejuvenation . reduced internal stress. ankles relaxed and the armpits open. This connects the energy circuit of the governing (back) channel with the energy circuit of the functional (front) channel. the Six Healing Sounds meditation utilizes simple arm movements and special sounds to produce a cooling effect on the internal organs. The results are improved digestion. C. These special sounds vibrate specific organs. tongue). D. reduced insomnia and headaches and greater vitality as the Chi flow increases through the different organs.Chi Self-Massage: Chi Self-Massage is a method of hands-on self-healing work using one's internal energy or Chi to strengthen and rejuvenate the sense organs (eyes. combined with posture guide heat and pressure out of the body.Grounding Exercise Stand in relaxed position with the feet placed directly under your hips. Using internal power (Chi). while the arm movements. knees slightly bent.Stress and tension will be counteracted. teeth. nose. As the weight pulls your coccyx toward the . Taoist rejuvenation dates back 5000 years to the Yellow Emperor's classic text on internal medicine. Imagine a weight hanging between your legs. The Six Healing Sounds: A basic relaxation and self-healing technique. and the flow of Chi increased. attached to your coccyx by a cord. Breathe by pulling the diaphragm down toward navel as you inhale. skin and inner organs.
Relax the waist. Your . allow your sacrum to relax and sink down and forward with it. As gravity pulls the water molecules even lower. Relax the knees. allowing it to float above your shoulders. the thighs become thick and heavy. imagine that everything inside your body is comprised of nothing but thick water molecules and that the skin is made of rubber. As the water molecules are pulled lower and lower. The molecules flow deeper into your legs and feet until your feet feel as though they are going to burst out of your shoes. Relax the ankles. Feel the feet spread. toward the floor. After fulfilling the above requirements.floor. you can feel the arms and chest begin to swell. Feel the toes spread. Fix your gaze on the horizon to infinity. Imagine there is a cord attached to the top of the head that is gently lifting your head. The fingers feel as though they are swelling to an enormous size. Feel the water molecules pressing against the skin as gravity begins to pull the water molecules down through the body.
The more relaxed and grounded you become. It should be in the middle of each foot. perineum and ankle. Be sure to keep the knees bent. your feet will feel energized and your hands will become warm. Allow your attention to move to your feet and notice where the primary weight is located.PRIMORDIAL CHI KUNG (Wu Ji Qigong) I was taught this from Michael Winn . An imaginary plumb line should travel through the crown point of your head. trying to up-root you. After about 10 minutes. to a point just behind your ear. Relax the waist and allow the coccyx to sink down and forward. Continue to breathe deep into the lower abdomen. through your shoulder. Use your imagination to keep the floor from pushing you upward. Stand in this position for 10 to 30 minutes. If it's not. Don't forget to be aware of the imaginary weight pulling down at your coccyx and the cord pull upward on your head.body now feels like a pyramid. hip. This is one of the most important aspects of the exercise. Do not allow the floor to push you up. the harder the floor pushes up against your feet. Hold the floor down. Once you have accomplished the feeling of being grounded well into the earth or floor. heavy at the floor and light at the top. imagine that the floor is pushing up against your feet. Your feet will now feel as though they are glued to the floor. adjust the position of your pelvis until it is.
circle up to crown. Open your heart to change. Palms face each other.Form small chi ball. Hold clear intention to return to the center of the universe. the "supreme unknown". back up to heart. Look at R palm as Right arm. Breath of Heaven Descends. to be the point of balance in every perception arising in your present moment. out & down to perineum. the primordial void. the direction of sunrise (new beginnings). accept that it will solve your problems & complete your life. sweeps Left (palm up) Right palm presses right (palm down) 4. Arms drift to chest level (palms down). Primal Mother at the center of all sacred space. Arms sink down. Circulate chi in orbit. RIGHT palm below. Yin/Yang separates to honor Yin. 2. . Godhead.Stand facing EAST. Inwardly smile or call to each of the 4 directions & above/below/center. Breath (chi) of Earth Rises. Open yourself to being in "wu ji". Shift weight to Left foot . Ask to create your life from this space. Yin/Yang separates to honor Yang. sweeps Right (palm up) Left palm presses left (palm down) 3. Look at L palm as Left arm. extend out. lst EARTH CYCLE 1. the center of your life. It is the Origin.
Squat. Right foot steps in. keeping back straight. Heart opens to the right (manifest). 11. Gather chi from South. Pivot left.5. aligned.5 " below navel). Rotate waist & arms with large gathering to Right 8. Pause if attracted to any point on front of body. Gather chi from East. 9. not touching. Heart opens to the left (unmanifest). THIS 2nd "HANDS ON SIDES" MOVEMENT IS CUE FOR END OF EARTH CYCLE. rotate chi ball inward. Rotate chi ball inward. Gather chi from Center. hands on sides 10. 12. rotate chi ball inward. Breathe 3 times into . Heart opens to the right (manifest). rotate chi ball inward. "swallow" it down center line of body to dan tien (1. Right hand drops below. Pivot left. Rotate waist & arms with large gathering to Left 7. top to bottom. Gather chi from North. Palm centers face body. Gather chi from West. top to bottom. face north. circle up to 3rd eye. Pivot left (weight on Right foot). hands on sides. turn on Left heel to Left. Both arms scoop up earth chi below. Rotate waist & arms with large gathering to Right 6.
Gather Heavenly Yin inner female and Yang inner male into the body. Turn from South to East. Full weight shifts to Left foot as Right hand gathers chi into channels on left side of body. Heaven & Earth Separate. Turn to North. Repeat 1 . (left over right) eyes follow Right hand as it rises to Heaven (upper right corner).3. (BEFORE YOU TURN. 3. REMEMBER THE DIRECTION YOU ARE LOOKING). 1.chi ball inside the dan tien. lst HEAVEN CYCLE After the Earth Cycle. L hand gathers chi into channels on right side of body. 4. gathering chi from southeast comer as Right foot steps to face east. Left hand presses down to earth (lower left corner). Pivot left. This will be your CUE for the final direction of the upcoming Heaven cycle. 2. always turn to begin the Heaven cycle. Form chi ball at navel. Feel & visualize it as golden light expanding & condensing . . right arm sweeps high & wide from upper right corner to lower left corner. 5 times each hand (10 times total). Gather chi of northeast as you turn.
Repeat 1 . Turn to South. Repeat 1 . finish West. Palms face navel. & then finish West. Gather Yin and Yang Essence of Moon and Sun into the L & R body channels (10x).) After Earth. (Turn left to East. 2. down Left nine times. Continue facing South. Gather chi of northwest as you turn. 2nd HEAVEN CYCLE 1. Start new Heaven cycle as you turn from West to South.3. starting with the right. Gather the Essence of the Center Direction. Gather chi of southwest as you turn.3. always turn: Pivot left to begin Heaven cycle. then North. Turn to West. 6.5. Turn East. stirs circling down Right. North. 2nd EARTH CYCLE After Heaven. Mix with heaven and draw down centerline to lower dan tien. . Stir the Cauldron 9 times. Breathe into chi ball 3 times. Repeat the 12 earth movements. always face the same direction to begin Earth cycle. Scoop up from below and gather. 7.
when done properly. Continue facing West. These exercises. gather essence to center. are good for general good health and physical well-being. 3rd EARTH CYCLE After Heaven. Hands pause at 3rd eye. Gather Yin and Yang Essences of fixed stars into the L & R energy channels (10x). 3. always turn: Pivot left to begin Heaven cycle. The Eight Silk Movements The following section will describe eight traditional Chinese stretching exercises designed to be used with tai chi exercises.3. Stir Cauldron. East. Hands move chi ball down to lower dan tien. 2. Repeat the 12 earth movements. always face the same direction to begin Earth cycle. Turn South. breathe 3 times into golden chi ball. finish North. gather essence to center. breathe 3x into golden chi ball in upper dan tien (head). (Turn left to South. Hands move chi ball to lower dan tien. Stir Cauldron. & then finish North.) After Earth. 3rd HEAVEN CYCLE l. Start new Heaven cycle as you turn from North to West. They generate the flow of chi . then East. Hands pause at heart.
Upward Hand Stretch (Holding Up The Sky).throughout the body promoting good blood circulation while simultaneously strengthening and stretching the muscles bones and tendons of the body. over the head Stretch all the way up lifting the heels off the ground. 1. Breathe in as the hands are raised to "hold up the sky. . releases tension. palms facing upward. stimulates circulation. Watch your balance! Physcial Effects: Balance. Slowly raise both hands. Lower both heels and return to a standing position with hands relaxed at the sides. relaxes the body." Hold the breath for as long as you comfortably can. (Do not strain!) Slowly lower both arms as you breathe out.
push out with one hand while pulling back the other as though shooting with a bow and arrow. Lower the right arm to the standing position as you exhale. Cross the arms in front of the chest.One-Arm Lift. . Phsical Effects: Strengthens the muscles of the arms abdomen. Shooting The Arrow. back and legs. Breath in when pulling back breathe out when returning to the center. As you breathe in. Raise the right arm over the head as you inhale while simultaneously "pressing" down with the left hand. Sit in a horse stance. alternating between left and right sides. strengthens waist muscles. Promotes overall good health and vitality. 3. Repeat this procedure. Repeat the procedure for both sides. Physical Effects: Increases blood circulation.2.
Do the same to the other side. Rotate Body In A Circle. Look to the right.4. Repeat this head turning routine for both sides. Physical Effects: Increases blood circulation and strengthens muscles of the abdomen and back. releases tension. Sit in a horse stance and rotate the upper body to the left Lean the upper body to the left. Keep the trunk of the body straight. Looking Back Neck Stretch. breathe out when returning. 5. Breathe in and out deeply and slowly. With both hands at your side turn the head to one side following with eyes to look behind you. Breathe in when turning. Keep the lower body straight. Physical Effects: Relieves fatigue in the neck muscles. .
This should look like pulling a bow. While sitting in a horse stance. Physcial Effects: Increases circulation. Punching From Horse Stance. Repeat the procedure breathing in when lifting the heels and breathing out when lowering them. Hold the fist steady as you breathe in again. 7. cross the arms in front of the chest. Tighten the fists and alternately punch slowly to each side. .6. Begin by breathing in. Physical Effects: Increases power in punching. Remain stable using the toes for balance. and pushing out with one hand while breathing out. in the fists themselves and increases the circulation to strengthen the heart. relaxes the body and relieves mental tension. Lower the heels back to the ground as you exhale. Do the same to the other side. holding it. With both hands at your sides hold the head up high and lift the heels off the ground as you inhale. Lifting Up The Heels.
From standing position. letting them reach as close to the floor as possible.8. Physical Effects: Strengthens muscles in the abdomen and the back. Maintain normal breathing. slowly bend forward from the waist. Try to hold your toes with each hand while keeping the knees straight. If you cannot reach your toes simply let you arms hanng down. Increases circulation and relaxes the body. . Holding The Toes.
Two sets of three reps will take about 10 minutes. Notes 1. toes and heels in line pointing straight forward. Run the energy routes with the breath alone. 2. Three sets of three reps will take about 15 minutes. Knees should be centered vertically over the feet. but relaxed into the bowl of the pelvis. Elbows turned out to the sides. The arms should resemble a horse shoe shape. Arm pits open to fit a small ball under the arm pit. Bend the knees slightly so that you can't see your shoe laces. Yin route: . so the bowl of the pelvis is level. This is the same posture as the Grounding posture. The torso is erect. Fingers extended. Pause at the Resting Posture between each set of repetitions. but you can still see your toes. 3. not collapsing in toward each other. Have a slight crease at the hip joint. Keep the fingers open and still.Buddha Palm Chi Kung Set Resting Posture Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. but relaxed. Three sets of five repetitions of each posture will take 25 to 30 minutes.
7. slightly rounding middle of back 9. navel soft. Chi Gong #2 2. 12.the energy flows from tantien up the chest to the shoulders. spine straight. as your left foot steps slightly left. Breathe in and let your arms circle upwards in an elliptical shape. 8. . Breathe out . Out-. In . still palms up. Out-.your arms float up. fingers leading upward and pointing NE & NW. 11.bring wrists up to heart.separate hands.the energy flows from the balls of the feet up the inner sides of the legs to tantien. 1. Breathe in . tongue touching the roof of your mouth. In . Out . facing north. In . arms hanging lightly at your side. in a meditative state. Exhale and shift your weight to the right. 10.bend knees and thrust fingers forward. relaxing kidneys. 4.press down to navel.Inhale .wrists straighten. Breathe out as you lower your arms to your side and turn your fight toe straight.(filling chest) palms turn up and go to hips. to NE & NW.no change. down the inner sides of the arms to the palms and finger pads. 6. In .the fight wrist covers the left wrist in front of body. Your feet are now shoulder width apart. 5. Stand with heels together. 3. Exhale .
Repeat. Out. Out . twisting everything. thumbs touching.(1/3) fists go a few inches higher (filling chest more). 19. Out . In . including eyes. In . Rotate palms up. 27. In . palms down. Don't exert too much.rotate thumb of fist downward.turn to left. twisting to right. In . In . Out -.cross arms in front of chest. In . In . 25. 26.curl hands into fist near ears. standing on toes. 28. (Repeat entire sequence two more times).turn to front.bend at waist and touch toes. 23. Out .(1/3) lift watermelon to breasts. . press down to navel and palms up to hips.13. 24.right wrist on left.bend knees and cross arms in front of chest (left on inside). palm to sky. bend knees slightly.left hand rotates over head. In . reversing arms) (repeat whole sequence two more times) Variation: stretch backwards as you stretch upwards. 18. 15. left palm on fight. 21. In .(1/3) lists go up to top of head (filling chest). in front of navel. In .(1/3) drop arms and hold watermelon near navel (filling chest). like a cat. arms shoulder high to E & W. 20. In . Out . 14.uncurl fists. while fight hand presses down to earth. fingers E. 16. (Repeat whole sequence two more times).(1/3) lift wrists to breasts.stretch arms up. 22.lift watermelon to breast. In . fingers N (repeat. 17.turn palms out and press down to navel. In.(1/3) curl hands into fists near ears. Out . fingers pointing diagonally upward.
In . bending knees slightly. 32.arms drop and clasped fingers rotate upwards as they reach the navel. Out . relaxing kidneys. In .bend knees and press palms down toward navel. elbows bend and fingers interlace near heart.rise up and arms float up shoulder high.turn palms down and press downwards. 30. Out . then elbows bend until fingers are pointing towards each other in front of heart. 31. Shaolin Chigong translation by: Joe Martin and James Chou . Out .stand up and arms float shoulder high.29.
Stand straight Bow with hands as shown Calm down the mind and body .breathe constantly .
push up with tension all over Return to the original position with tension .breathe constantly Concentrate and bring your thoughts inward Keep the head level and gaze up Stand on toes .Concentrate and bring your thoughts inward Grip the floor with your toes Open arms wide Calm down the mind and body .
and imagine . your legs. something else.a Golden Cord holding you up from the top of your head. You can allow everything to hang off that Golden Cord. your pelvis. Your head. Everything can just hang off that cord. your shoulders. your back. and allow yourself to just relax into it. . with your feet about shoulder width apart. Allow someone else. Soften your knees slightly so they're somewhat bent. to do the work of holding you up. your chest. Just accept that support from above. your shoulders. your neck. your legs. Notes: Don't let up Push your tongue against the top of your mouth Breathe through your nose Chi Kung Relaxation in a Standing Position Find a comfortable and convenient place to stand.your whole body.or rather create . . your pelvis. your arms. Feel the support of that Golden Cord holding you up. your spine. full of this heavy fluid that is responsible both for the weight of your body and also for any tension that you may experience in it. your feet. so that you can relax. Now I'd like you to imagine your body as full of a heavy fluid.
out of the back of the neck down. allow that fluid to start to drain out of your body. the wrists. down into the shoulders. from the tummy and the lower back down into the pelvis. the jaw. three feet under the ground. from the chest and the back down into the tummy and the lower back. You can feel it like a steel tank or something like that. from the pelvis down into the thighs. through all the joints of the arms. is now sunk down underneath the ground.You can imagine this fluid as being a little heavier than water. and all the tension in your body. and from there down into a reservoir about three feet under the ground. the soles of the feet. the eyes and the muscles around the eyes. out of the forehead. from the thighs down through the knees. down. the nose. You can start to . the front of the neck. and you can feel that like a strong. maybe 20% heavier than water. the knuckles. heavy counterweight. the ankles. Perhaps you can even feel it draining from specific places in your head. dripping off the ends of the fingers down to the ground. the lower legs. Some of that heavy fluid can drain down from the shoulders into the chest and the back. It can drain out of your head. and as you stand here supported from above by the Golden Cord. powerful. the elbows. All the weight of your body. some of the fluid can drain down into the arms. the cheeks. From the shoulders.
side to side. so you're getting a little taller. The cord is lifting the crown of your head upward. forward and back. you have much better balance. just come back to a central position. you can lean much further in different directions. feel the stability you're getting from this big counterweight. You can be softer and more stable. just sink even more of that fluid out of your body into that tank underneath the ground that serves as a counterweight. and yourself just in the middle. You can intensify this stretching feeling by visualizing the vertebrae of your spine as a string of pearls on an elastic thread that is being slowly stretched from above and below. like a duality between the sky and the Earth. you're much more stable. When you've had a little fun with that. and because you have that counterweight underneath the ground. both from the top and the bottom. to move and sway in different directions. You can feel the duality between the Golden Cord holding up the crown of your head and the weight sinking down underneath the ground as it gently stretches you a little bit. And if at any time you lose that stability a little. as a balance point. . and feel again the support you're getting from the Golden Cord. getting a little stretched. three feet underneath the ground. Imagine a weight hanging from your tailbone and your tailbone is sinking downward. underneath you.move your body.
If you need it it' s available. if you have an office job . This is a good exercise to do any time you feel yourself under stress at work. underneath the ground. So just in the same way as the Golden Cord means that your support is effortless. To make best use of the script below. Feel the support of the Golden Cord from the top and allow the fluid to drain out of your body. record it on a tape in your own voice. You can allow some of it to drain out through your arms and your fingertips.you may want to try this in a seated position. it helps your balance. under the ground.for instance. or if you're sitting in rush hour traffic and getting frustrated with it. into the ground and underneath the ground. you don't have to use any of your muscles or your body to carry it. just allow whatever that is that's upsetting you to drain out along with that fluid in your body. some of it through your feet. find a comfortable and convenient place to . this counterweight underneath the ground means that your balance is effortless. it's a resource for you. you store it there. Allow it to drain down through your chair and even down through the legs of the chair. and some of it through those two little bones that you sit on. perhaps the chair you normally use. it's not like you get rid of it. it's just that you don't have to carry it. Just sit down comfortably on a chair. And notice that it's still there for you.If you spend a lot of time in a seated position .
Qi is the medium by which the various parts of the human body. mainly for the purpose of cultivating mental calmness. Qigong comes from two Chinese words: Qi (chi) means energy and gong (kung) means a skill or a practice.stand. are connected and interact on one another. The importance of qi may be seen from the old . What is Qigong? Qigong is an exercise to absorb vital energy from the universe to recover health. medical and martial arts circles. improving physical fitness and prolonging life. a complete system of practice methods and theories was formed and the term "qigong" was established in the 1950s. Here the word qi has several meanings. prolong life and promote spiritual growth. and play it back to yourself. including the organs and tissues. Through several thousand years of continuous development. Qigong is a branch of learning concerning the exercise of qi. It exists in the universe and has direct bearings on the functions of the human body. This meditation lasts about eight minutes. Qi refers to the air breathed in and out by man. Qigong therefore means a skill or practice of cultivating energy. Through qigong methods. Chinese qigong has a history of more than five thousand years. we can improve the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our bodies. In ancient times it was widely practiced by people in the religious.
In qigong exercise. blood and hair. shoulders lowered and elbows dropped. chin tucked in. Regulation of the body: This involves both the bodily form and the condition of the internal organs. By adopting the bodily form as required. joints flexed. thus adding to one's life-force and delaying the process of aging. bones. however.saying: "A man is alive when his qi grows but he ceases to live when his qi disappears. such as: Abdominal respiration in which the lower abdomen swells during inhalation and contracts during exhalation. such as keeping the head and the spine erect. Appropriate bodily movements will also help exercise the internal organs and improve their functions. qi is invisible to the eye but forms the very essence of human life. . but they are all designed to regulate three things: body. the internal organs will be placed in the right positions for performing their functions and relieved of different kinds of tension. thus avoiding unnecessary loss of energy. breathing is done in a conscious manner according to various patterns. a number of requirements are prescribed for the manner of holding various parts of the body. Regulation of respiration: Normally we breathe with the nose and the mouth in a natural way In qigong exercise." Qi is a kind of infinitely small substance existing in the human body. Qigong exercises contribute to the growth of this important substance. Unlike the skin. respiration. There are many forms of qigong exercise. and mind.
All these and other breathing methods used in qigong exercise are characterized by deep. a point about 1 1/2 inches below the navel. The most basic effect is the prevention and cure of diseases. qigong exercise of the advanced form helps to regulate the physiological functions of man. In this kind of breathing. Modern scientific researches have proven the physiological effects of mental activity. you imagine your qi converging at dantian. and increase the organism's resistance to diseases. Skin respiration.Reverse abdominal respiration (kidney breathing) in which the lower abdomen contracts during inhalation and the lower ribs of the back expands. Regulation of the mind. "regulating the mind" is actually exercising the cerebral nerves. Years of practice by qigong enthusiasts have proved the . before circulating to other parts of the body. which is mentally controlled. Since all the physical activities of man are controlled by the cerebrum. promote the accumulation of energy for sustaining life. even and rhythmic breaths in both inhalation and exhalation. Qigong exercise can stimulate the exchange of information inside and outside the human body. Qigong is a kind of exercise that produces various effects. Integral respiration in which all parts of the body are involved in the exchange of qi within and without. Through regulation of the mind (by such means as mental concentration and meditation). Breathing while focusing your attention on dantian.
One can not truly become proficient in Taiji without understand qigong. with visualizations in order to guide the energy. Qigong is famous in China for curing chronic disease and promoting health. There are various kinds of qigong -. Back to Top Why should I learn Qigong? . Going for a state of supreme tranquility. External qigong includes movement accompanying the meditation. thus enabling us to achieve a better mental balance.remarkable efficacy of qigong exercise in treating many difficult and complicated cases of illness as well as common ailments. Although Taiji has more of an emphasis on the martial arts and movement. Back to Top Is qigong like Taiji? Taiji is a form of external qigong of moving qigong. it relieves our mind of the tension and pressure brought to bear on us by the hustle and bustle of life.broadly categorized as internal and external. qigong has its emphasis on energy cultivation and healing. Qigong is also good for moulding one's temperament. Internal qigong is much like meditation.
Words fail. it seeks to improve his faculties in an all-around way. pranah. lower blood pressure. Back to Top What is Qi? Qi is a kind of energy and information while qigong is a kind of exercise for regulating the whole body. The enhancement of the mind/body connection increases your awareness of where your body needs work . The standard answer: Qi is energy. etc. It can influence the course of all manner of chronic diseases. But qigong is more than just a kind of exercise. better attitude. life force. qigong gained its recent fame in the treatment of cancer. it is also a way of knowing man and nature and a branch of learning as well. It provides all the benefits of meditation (reduced stress.where your body needs changes related to diet. that which flows through all of us and gives us life. This mind/body connection is not a trivial issue.Qigong can improve your physical and mental health. mentally as well as physically.) with physical exercises. exercise. The reality: Qi must be experienced. lifestyle. sleep. etc. Viewing man against the backdrop of nature. In China. Back to Top Is this a religion? .
You can use that to enhance your own religious path. which is concerned with revealing the laws governing the movements of things in the world. In this sense. Qigong is closely connected with traditional Chinese philosophical thoughts. enhancing your mind/body connection. qigong is a science in its own right. Qigong theories are based on the philosophical concept of li or dao. Qigong's great beauty is that it can be used by anyone to enhance their spiritual path no matter what that path is. It can enhance your own spirituality. It is a tool for improving health.Most definitely not. . It embodies much of the ancient Chinese philosophers' thinking about man and his relations with nature. and connecting you with the qi or life force. about the composition and development of the world.
Kenneth Cohen says the practice is attributed to a six-century Buddhist hermit. Craig Reid quotes a ﬁfth century description of the system by a famous physician. Tao Hung-jing (perhaps the same as Cohen's hermit?): . also known as the Six-Syllable Secret or the Six Basic Soundless Sounds for Health.The best known use of sound in Taoist practice appears to be the Six Healing Sounds.
However. each sound is associated with an organ (sometimes more than one) and with a phase from the Five Phases system of Chinese metaphysics. in the sounds that they describe: • The pronunciation of the sounds varies. and the gathering of fresh energy into each system. use shee. to expel cold. Chway. to release anger. use her. There is one way of drawing breath in and six ways of expelling breath out. to display malaise. both small and large. the six healing sounds could be said to be more similar to pranayama than to mantra. hoo. to relieve tension. sss. there are differences. and is given by different teachers as Foo. In comparison to Indian yoga techniques.." Although a number of different modern masters teach the six sounds technique.. Comparing the descriptions given by different teachers can help give you insight into the correct production of the sound. use hsü.One should take air in through the nose and let it out slowly through the mouth. The six ways of exhalation can cure illness: to expel heat. Ni Hua-Ching states: "Each of the six vibrations has a psychic inﬂuence on its corresponding organ sphere which prompts the expulsion of impurities from the sphere and its manifestations. The beneﬁts described are thus more physical than spiritual per se. her. Most of the apparent differences seem to arise from the difﬁculty of representing these sounds phonetically in print. The six ways of expelling breath are represented by the syllables hsü. one uses hoo. . use sss. and to regain equilibrium. but to the extent that the Taoist tradition values balance and physical health. shee. chway. In addition to the beneﬁts listed previously. the sound for the kidneys really does vary signiﬁcantly. one uses chway. or Chrroooeee. they could perhaps be considered a foundational practice for Taoist students.
Davis. some teachers pronounce some of the sounds as if they include a vowel." It is difﬁcult to tell how to ﬁt these syllables into the table above. which greatly shortens the consonant part of the sound the emphasizes the vowel instead. and teeth. Also. and Reid) provide suggested movements to perform while making the sounds. with such variations as can be caused by different positions of the tongue. Foo. lips. Note . some of the teachers below (Cohen. which not only trains the concentration. Jou. different teachers begin from different points in the cycle. Sat Chuen Hon vocalizes each of the sounds. refer to the works cited under Sources later in this article. but strengthens the body through the correspondence of each sound with an internal organ. And Ni gives an order that doesn't relate in any obvious way to Five Phase theory. At the other extreme. Tsung Hwa states: "The Taoists use a Mantra of Who. The following table lists the sounds as explained by several teachers. Way. However. Additionally. or it can be done by chanting prayers. the order follows the productive cycle of the Five Phases. so the vocal cords in your throat are actively vibrating. If in a group. some teachers suggest visualizations to accompany the sounds. this is usually done by chanting the same syllable over and over." • The order of the sounds varies from teacher to teacher. Shoe. Chemmy. Ni Hua-Ching says that each vibration must be inaudible: "If the sound is coarse and audible it will hurt the chi of the body. The account given here is somewhat simpliﬁed. In most cases. However. In many cases. • The degree of vocalization varies. For example. the sounds are apparently just the sound of your breath exhaling. For full details. but they evidently form a variant of the same system of six healing sounds. She.
" . Beinfeld and Korngold deﬁne it as "an integrating function that ties together and harmonizes the physiologic processes of the primary Organ Networks. the Triple Burner is probably unfamiliar to most Westerners.1. In the Organs list of above chart.
com In the Taoist tradition.universal-tao. One of the keys to good health is to become aware of the emotional energies that reside in the organs. Universal Tao Center. Thailand www.Inner Smile and Six Healing Sounds Practices As taught by Master Mantak Chia. positive and negative emotions are associated with the internal organs. and to transform the .
The negative emotions have deleterious effects on the internal organs and glands. fairness. Taoists believe that we are all born with the virtues of love. . Unfortunately. respect. kindness. draining our life-force and undermining our health.negative emotional energies into positive virtues. The positive virtues. Figure 1. anger. and righteousness. honesty. and grief often predominate. impatience. cruelty. sadness. negative emotions such as fear. justice. as we mature and encounter more stress in our daily lives. gentleness. worry.
. or Chi. and employing exercises that transform the negative emotions into positive life force. The negative emotions are the body's garbage. Two important exercises are the "Inner Smile" and the "Six Healing Sounds" techniques. as taught by Master Mantak Chia.Figure 2. In the Tao "emotional intelligence" is a process of recognizing emotions by their effects on the body.
the liver/ gall bladder. and the positive virtues of courage and righteousness. The "Inner Smile" and "Six Healing Sounds" exercises focus on five organs or organ systems: the heart.Figure 3. Recent scientific research shows that feelings of love and appreciation strongly influence the heart's rhythm and its relationship to the body's physiological systems (see www. The negative emotions affect the body's organ systems. · The heart is associated with the negative emotions of arrogance and hate and the positive virtues of kindness and love. the lungs. · The kidneys are associated with the negative emotion of fear and the positive emotions of gentleness and kindness. The adrenal glands secret adrenalin and noradrenalin when stimulated by the body's . Emotional depression is often recognized by a physical depression and collapse of the chest and lungs.org). Many of the Taoist insights are supported by observations and evidence from modern psychology and medicine. Table 1. The five major organ systems and their associated emotions and properties. · The lungs are associated with the negative emotions of sadness and depression.heartmath. Fear is closely related to the activity of the adrenal glands that lie on top of the kidneys. Taoists learned the relationships between emotional energies and organ systems over many centuries of study and meditation. They developed methods to transform negative to positive emotions from their practical and intuitive understanding of the human body. the kidneys. and the stomach/spleen.
Most people will be familiar with the "butterflies" and "knots" in the stomach related to worry. Physiologically. promoting health. and vitality. The energy of anger requires the rapid availability of metabolic energy stores in the body.fight-or-flight response. known as the enteric nervous system (Gershon. The Inner Smile and Six Healing Sounds exercises help balance and integrate our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The Inner Smile In the Taoist tradition. resilience. Taoist exercises take us into our bodies and transform emotions by transforming the associated physiological systems. · The stomach/spleen are associated with the negative emotions of worry and anxiety and the positive emotions of fairness and openness. the liver is important for storing and rapidly releasing glucose into the blood. We successively visualize each organ. each person assumes responsibility for the emotions that arise within. · The liver is associated with the negative emotion of anger and the positive emotions of generosity and forgiveness. Figure 4. cleansing the organ and transforming negative emotional energies into positive virtues. The Inner Smile and Six Healing Sound exercises direct our attentions to the body's organs and associated qualities. . regardless of the external events that trigger the emotions. apparently related to a network of network of neurons and neurotransmitters in the sheaths of tissue lining the digestive system. 1998).
3. or any memory of a time in which you felt deeply at peace. Inner Smile Practice Front Line 1. nose. Create a source of smiling energy up to three feet in front of you. You can roll your head slowly and gently from side to side as you do this. being by the ocean. Let it flow down through your neck. or walking in a forest. . The Proper sitting posture. Allow the smiling energy to flow down from the mid-eyebrow through your face. but not stiff. and clasp your palms together in your lap. This can be an image of your own smiling face. Feel their connection to the Earth. and all the facial muscles. mouth. Sit comfortably near the edge of your chair with your feel flat on the floor. or of someone or something you love and respect. Let your forehead relax. Become aware of the midpoint between your eyebrows through which you will draw this abundant smiling energy in front of and around you. Close your eyes and become aware of the soles of your feet.Figure 5. 2. 5. Keep your back straight. relaxing the cheeks. Press your tongue against the upper palate of your mouth. as the smiling energy accumulates at the mideyebrow. 4. it will eventually overflow into your body. perhaps feeling sunshine. Stay relaxed.
The lungs are associated with the negative emotional energies of sadness . following it all the way out to the tiny air sacs where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide. loving energy. and physical pollution by smiling into them. The Front Line Organs 7. When you smile inwardly to the heart. Thank your lungs for breathing and helping sustain your life. emotional. Feel the lungs open as the happy. Feel the air flow from the tip of the nose down into the lungs. Draw more smiling energy through the mid-eyebrow. Let the warm. Spend as much time here as you need to feel the heart relax and expand with loving energy. or they may feel abundantly full. it will generate the virtues of joy and happiness. arrogance. and let it flow like a waterfall down into the heart.6. these energies will dissipate. Try to remember your best experience of love and fill your heart with that same feeling again. Feel the thymus gland become warm as it begins to vibrate and expand like a blossoming flower. The heart is associated with the negative emotional energies of hastiness. If there is anything you see or feel in the lungs that is unpleasant to you. creating the space for the virtuous energies of love and joy to expand. Figure 6. When you smile into the heart. smiling energy flows into them. You should feel your entire chest cavity filling with smiling. You can clear the lungs of energetic. Let the joy and happiness generated in the heart expand outward to your lungs. get rid of it. and cruelty. and picture it glowing with vibrant health. which is located behind the upper part of your sternum. The lungs may appear to be pink and spongy. Love your heart. smiling energy spread from the thymus gland into the heart. 8. Let the smiling energy continue to flow down to your thymus gland.
Let the smiling energy flow from the liver across the abdomen into the pancreas. The kidneys are associated with the emotion of fear." If you want water. Thank the pancreas for making digestive enzymes. fear melts away. and it should feel relaxed and uncongested. Don't worry if you don't know exactly where it is. Note: Remember you can go back to the source of smiling energy in front of you-your vision or memory of a happy moment-to get more energy any time during the meditation. Feel gratitude for the liver's work in detoxifying the body. . The liver is associated with the sense of sight. Use your inner vision to see the liver and determine its condition. the largest internal organ.and depression and the virtuous energies of courage and righteousness. see that it is healthy and functioning smoothly. and regulating blood sugar. Smile down to the kidneys and feel them expand with radiant energy. you should go to the well. As you smile into the pancreas. 10. You can use your inner vision to inspect the kidneys to be sure their surface is smooth and glossy and that they are filtering properly without any congestion. If you smile in that direction. or it you feel the effect of the Inner Smile becoming weak or diluted. and producing bile. As smiling. producing insulin. you will dissolve any anger and allow the kindness energy more space to expand. The Chinese suggest this also helps strengthen your decision-making power. 12. As you smile into them. return to the source of smiling energy in front of you. just gather more smiling energy from the source. and let the smiling energy flow in through the mid-eyebrow and down to the area of the spleen. smile into the spleen. helping to store blood. creating space for courage and righteousness to expand. If you need to. The Chinese say. When you smile into the lungs. which is just next to the left kidney. Next you will direct the smiling energy to the liver. located just below the right lung. as it controls the energy of the eyes. " 9. and the virtue of gentleness can grow. Feel the liver become immersed in smiling. The liver is associated with the emotion of anger and the virtue of kindness. 11. loving energy builds up in the spleen. let it flow into the kidneys. joyous energy. If you feel your attention wandering. you will gradually get in touch with it. When you smile to the liver. Continuing around to the left. located directly beneath the left lung. loving. you will dissolve any sadness or negative feelings. You can use your eyes to smooth out any part of its surface or to relax any area that seems tense. Its surface should be smooth and glossy.
Women: The collection point for female sexual energy is located about three inches below the navel. Thank them for making hormones and giving you sexual energy. genitals. Bring the combined sexual. and make some saliva by working your mouth and swishing your tongue around. and visualize the accumulated energies spiraling down into the prostate gland and testicles. and virtue energies up to the navel. Bring the combined sexual. liver. lungs. Let it flow down to your mouth. heart. Return the attention to the source of smiling energy in front of you. and let the smiling energy build up until they are full. and swallow the saliva hard and quickly. pancreas. and virtue energies up to the navel. Become aware of your tongue. 3. Make a promise to your stomach that you will give it good food to digest. Once again immerse the thymus. send the smiling energy down into the urinary bladder. tighten the neck muscles. and allow more smiling energy to flow in through it like a waterfall pouring down into the organs. Thank the ovaries for making hormones and giving you sexual energy. follow the saliva down the esophagus to the stomach. Sometimes we abuse our stomachs with improper food. smiling.43). 13. 14. Feel it grow calm and comfortable. urethra. spleen. and spiral them into that point. . Thank it for its important work in liquefying and digesting your food. Be aware of the mid-eyebrow point. and perineum. Middle Line 1. Next.Keep smiling into the kidneys. Men: The collection point for male sexual energy is located one-and-a-half inches above the base of the penis in the area of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles. and vagina. uterus. With your Inner Smile. Smile the accumulated energies into the ovaries. Put the tip of your tongue to the roof of the mouth. and sex organs in smiling energy. making a gulping sound as you do. Smile. located at the bottom and below the left side of the rib cage. and visualize the energies spiraling into that point. urinary bladder (Fig. midway between the ovaries. Become aware once more of the smiling energy in your eyes. kidneys. At this point you should be feeling calm and peaceful. smiling.
3. fresh and open. With your inner eyesight direct your smile about three to four inches inside into the pituitary gland. which passes downward from the right liver region across the abdomen to the left beneath the lower end of the spleen. Smile into the large intestine: the ascending colon. checking for tension. starting at the right side of the hipbone and passing upward to the undersurface of the right lobe of the liver.5 meters long. Smile inward with both eyes. which normally lies within the pelvis. . Smile into the small intestine in the middle of the abdomen. 2. The large intestine is about 1.Figure 7. Smile to it and feel it be warm. Back Line 1. the rectum and the anus. 2. The Middle Line organs. the descending colon. Smile into the tension until it melts away. Bring your attention back to your eyes again. collect the power of the smile in the third eye (mid-eyebrow). the transverse colon. Quickly smile down the Middle Line. which passes downward through the left side of the lumbar region. comfortable and calm. Return to your eyes. Thank it for eliminating wastes and for making you feel clean. Thank it for absorbing food nutrients to keep you vital and healthy. 4. and the sigmoid colon. nice. and feel the gland blossom. clean. It is about seven meters long in an adult.
Move the inner smiling eyesight back and forth in the left brain and across to the right brain and cerebellum. shining light. Figure 8. the triangular bone called the sacrum. and the coccyx (tail bone). Feel the spinal cord and the back becoming loose and comfortable. five lumbar (lower back). Smile into the pineal gland and feel this tiny gland gradually swell and grow like a bulb. The brain organs 3. Feel the discs softening. twelve thoracic (chest). starting from the cervical vertebrae at the base of the skull. . Move the inner smiling eyesight. Feel your spine expanding and elongating. from where the truth and power of the smile will generate.Smile into the thalamus. Count out each vertebra and disc as you smile down them: seven cervical (neck) vertebrae. making you taller. like a bright. Move the inner smiling eyesight down to the midbrain. This will balance the left and right brain and strengthen the nerves. up to the left side of the brain. bringing this loving energy down inside each vertebra and the disc below it. Move your smile's eyesight. Feel it expand and soften and go down to the pons and medulla oblongata and to the spinal cord.
feel the energy descend down the entire length of your body. Smiling into a disc keeps it from hardening and becoming deformed so it cannot properly absorb the force and weight of the body.Figure 9. When you are more experienced. joy and love. How marvelous it is! . Quickly smile down the Front Line. Your whole body should feel relaxed. smile down all three lines simultaneously. Follow the smiling down the Middle Line and then the Back Line. Return to your eyes and quickly smile down the entire Back Line. being aware of the organs and the spine. The Back Line exercise increases the flow of the spinal fluid and sedates the nervous system. Direct your Inner Smile's eyesight. The Back Line 4. Back pain can be prevented or relieved by smiling into the spine. The Entire Length of the Body Start at the eyes again. Now. Feel your whole body being loved and appreciated. like a waterfall-a waterfall of smiles.
Six Healing Sounds Practice Lung Exercise: First Healing Sound . You have now completed the Inner Smile. don't go above the diaphragm or below the pubic bone. Next. Women. reverse the direction of the spiral and bring it back into the navel. start the spiral counterclockwise. Men. concentrate in your navel area.Figure 10. Use your finger as a guide the first few times. Collecting the Smiling Energy at the Navel It's very important to end by storing the smiling energy in the navel. The navel area can safely handle the increased energy generated by the Inner Smile. To collect the smile's energy. available to you whenever you need it and for whatever part of your body needs it. which is about one and a half inches inside your body. circling it 24 times. Most ill effects of meditation are caused by excess energy in the head or heart. The energy is now safely stored in your navel. Then mentally move that energy in an outward spiral around your navel 36 times. start the spiral clockwise. The organs smiling.
along the forearms. begin to rotate the palms and bring them up above the head. sub-vocally. asthma. letting your eyes follow. palms up. 3. The lungs and chest will feel open and breathing will be easier. close the eyes. you can repeat the sound 9. or 36 times. slowly and evenly in one breath.1. For colds. Pay attention to any sensations you may feel. exhale. rotate the palms down. or depression. 24. emphysema. and breathe in to the lungs to strengthen them. Become aware of your lungs. Close the eyes. mucous. over the elbows. raise the arms up in front of you. and imagine that you are still making the sound. . The Lung Sound Position. making the sound "Ssssssss". Take a deep breath and. empty all feelings of sadness. imagine a pure white light and quality of righteousness entering into your lungs. Slowly lower them to your lap so that they rest there. dark waste energy. sorrow and grief from your lungs. 4. along the upper arms and into the shoulders. 12. Figure 11. Draw the corners of the mouth back. Keep the elbows rounded. toothaches. Try to feel the exchange of cool. smoking. When you have exhaled completely (without straining). be aware of the lungs. smile down to the lungs. breathe normally. Float the arms down by gently lowering the shoulders. As you exhale. fresh energy replacing hot. You should feel a stretch that extends from the heels of the palms. Repeat the sequence 3 to 6 times. flu. When the hands are at eye level. 5. or for detoxifying the lungs. 2. If you are color oriented. 18.
Round the lips and silently make the sound one makes in blowing out a candle. Close the eyes and breathe normally. as you imagine that you are still making the sound. Separate the legs to a hip's width and rest the hands. 4. imagining a bright blue energy as the quality of gentleness enters the kidneys.6. fatigue. Repeat 3 to 6 times. toward the spine. The Lung Sound can help eliminate nervousness when in front of a crowd. press the middle abdomen. 3. look up. Place the legs together. hook the hands around the knees and pull back on the arms. The Kidney Sound Position 2. At the same time. With the arms straight. Smile to the kidneys. and clasp one hand in the other. Liver Exercise: Third Healing Sound . ringing in the ears. Imagine any feelings of fear being squeezed out from the membrane around the kidneys. Kidney Exercise: Second Healing Sound 1. Be aware of the exchange of energy around the kidneys. D the Lung Sound sub-vocally without the hand movements several times when you feel nervous. The Heart Sound and the Inner Smile will help also if the Lung Sound is not enough to calm you down. palms up. between the sternum and navel. and hands. Take a deep breath as you bend forward. or detoxifying the kidneys. head and legs. ankles and knees touching. For back pain. When you have exhaled completely. This will help you to calm down. repeat 9 to 36 times. Become aware of the kidneys. feel the pull at the back where the kidneys are. Figure 12. on the thighs. Pay attention to sensations. and tilt the head back without straining. sit up and slowly breathe in to the kidneys. dizziness. 5.
but focus attention on your heart and imagine a bright red color and the qualities of joy. jumpiness. Follow with the eyes. honor. and for detoxifying the liver. Gently bring the arms back to the side by lowering the shoulders. swollen gums or tongue. sincerity and creativity entering the heart. Become aware of the heart and feel the tongue connected with the heart. 3. Figure 14. repeat the procedure for the Liver Sound. For anger. as you picture the pericardium releasing heat. round the lips and exhale on the sound "Hawwwwwww". 2. "Shhhhhhh". Sense the energy exchange. For the rest cycle. Place your arms at your sides. palms out. red and watery eyes.1. or a sour or bitter taste. 3. Place your hands on your lap. Spleen Exercise: Fifth Healing Sound . smile down to the liver and imagine you're still making the sound. Take a deep breath and assume the same position as for the Liver Sound. 5. sub-vocally. breathe normally. and feel the connection between the eyes and the liver. and for detoxifying the heart. Exhale with the sound. For a sore throat. Take a deep breath as you slowly swing the arms up and over the head. Heart Exercise: Fourth Healing Sound 1. Do this 3 to 6 times. repeat 9 to 36 times. moodiness. imagine a bright green color quality of kindness entering the liver. arrogance and hastiness. Figure 13. cold sores. unlock the fingers. heart pains. 2. sub-vocally. When you have exhaled completely. breathe into the liver slowly. Be aware of sensations. The Heart Sound position. repeat 9 to 36 times. A Taoist axiom about controlling anger says: If you've done the Liver Sound 30 times and you are still angry at someone. palms up. 4. heart disease. and the feelings of impatience. you have the right to slap that person. The Liver Sound position. Become aware of the liver. and pressing out with the heels of the palms. Envision and feel that a sac encloses the liver and is compressing and expelling the excess heat and feelings of anger. but lean slightly to the right. 4. Repeat 3 to 6 times. and rest. Open the mouth somewhat. Close the eyes.
The Spleen Sound Position 1.. pancreas. Lower the hands slowly to your lap. The upper level. compassion. Exhale with the sound "Whoooooo". 5. Triple Warmer Exercise : Sixth Healing Sound The Triple Warmer refers to the three energy centers of the body. and stomach. or imagine a bright yellow light. Expel the excess heat. 4. is hot. and the emotions of worry. is more effective and healthier than using antacids. made sub-vocally and felt in the vocal chords. and the qualities of fairness. Repeat 3 to 6 times. wetness and dampness. palms up. This sound. and the sexual organs. breathe normally and imagine you are still making the sound. The lower level containing the large and small intestines. Breathe into the spleen. feel the mouth and the spleen connect. Close the eyes. It is the only sound that can be done immediately after eating. the bladder. Repeat 9 to 36 times for indigestion. 2. and music making entering them. which consists of the brain. Be aware of sensations and the exchange of energy. Become aware of the spleen. heart. 3. Press in with the fingers as you push out with the middle back. The Triple Warmer Sound balances the temperature of the three levels by bringing hot energy down to the . and for detoxifying the spleen. and lungs. and spleen. is warm. pancreas. Take a deep breath as you place your hands with the index fingers resting at the bottom and slightly to the left of the sternum.Figure 15. centering. is cool. The middle section consisting of the liver. done in conjunction with the others. nausea and diarrhea. kidneys. stomach. sympathy and pity.
It's also very effective for relieving stress. expanding the stomach and chest without strain. and feel light. relaxing sleep. Awaken Healing Light of the Tao. if you are still wide awake. beginning at the top of the chest and ending at the lower abdomen. 2. and Maneewan Chia. Figure 16. by lying on your side or sitting in a chair.lower center and cold energy up to the upper center. The Triple Warmer Sound position. Mantak. as you picture and feel a large roller pressing out your breath. Chia. 4. 1998. 1986. NY: Healing Tao Books. This induces a deep. without falling asleep. Imagine the chest and abdomen are as flat as a sheet of paper. Rest by breathing normally. or more. made sub-vocally. and empty. Repeat 3 to 6 times. through the digestive tract. Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality: The Inner Smile. The Second Brain: The Scientific Basis of Gut . Exhale with the sound "Heeeeeee". Mantak. The Triple Warmer Sound also can be used to relax. Michael D. Gershon. References: Chia. Close the eyes and take a deep breath. Huntington. bright. Lie down on your back. Elevate the knees with a pillow if you feel any pain in the small of the back or lumbar area. Huntington. NY: Healing Tao Books. 1. 3. Six Healing Sounds. 1993. A number of students have been able to break a long-standing dependence on sleeping pills by practicing this sound.
that s not the case with the Six Healing Sounds. A lot of techniques require months and years of practice before any noticeable results occur. the accumulation of the negativity erodes the organs health and effects the person s disposition. healing energy. The primary methods employed are The Inner Smile 1 and the Six Healing Sounds. They work first time. Thankfully. every time. . The Taoist way of dealing with stress is to perform the Six Healing Sounds. Over time. I have found the Six Healing Sounds to be the most valuable technique of all the many spiritual practices I ve learned so far. Recycling and Transforming Negative Energy Everything is energy. via the law of karma. The Six Healing Sounds work to transform the negative energy stored in the organs and to transform them into healing light. HarperCollins. rather than seeking to destroy it or to dump it out.Instinct and a Groundbreaking New Understanding: of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine. eventually that same negativity will be revisited upon the person who sent it out in the first place. loving. That works better than holding onto negativity or dumping it out onto someone else because such emotional venting only serves to pass an emotional virus onto another and. When Taoists confront negative emotional energy. sick energy into positive. The Six Healing Sounds are so simple and easy to perform that they seem almost too good to be true. Health professionals have placed stress as an underlying factor in a wide range of diseases. Negative emotions are stored in the body s organs. they use techniques to transform negative. Six Healing Sounds Just about everybody in the modern world has to deal with some sort of stress.
slow exhalation produce the sound "WOOOOOOOO. Place hands palms-up on your thighs. palmsup. . with a long slow exhalation. 2 Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your lungs. The Lung Sound Fear is stored in the lungs. Place hands palms-up on your thighs. The lung sound transforms fear into courage. it can then be circulated through the Microcosmic Orbit to send healing energy throughout the body. Look up. surrounding them. The Kidneys Sound The kidneys sound transform the emotional energy inside the kidneys into gentleness and generosity. Repeat two more times (a total of three). Position: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. Imagine a white light shining upon your lungs. with fingertips of each hand touching the tip of the other.When negative emotional energy is transmuted. Imagine a blue light shining upon your kidneys. Lean forward and clasp your hands around your knees. Repeat two more times (a total of three). Concentrate on feeling the virtue (power) of gentleness and/or generosity. surrounding them." Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your kidneys. made the lung sound "SSSSSSSSSSSS" (like the sound of steam from a radiator). including the hands position and visualization. With a long. including the hands position and visualization. Positions: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. Look up: Kidney sound: Form an "O" with your lips as if preparing to blow out a candle. Raise both hands above your head. Lung sound: Place your tongue behind your closed teeth and. Concentrate on feeling the virtue (power) of courage.
Liver sound: Place the tongue near the palate and. Raise your hands palms-up over your head and interlock your fingers. Concentrate on feeling the virtue (power) of kindness. Lean slightly to the right. Look up. Concentrate on feeling the virtue (power) of love. joy and happiness. Repeat two more times (a total of three). Imagine a green light shining upon and inside your liver. Place hands palms-up on your thighs. Position: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. Look up. Repeat two more times (a total of three). Position: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. joy and/or happiness. exhale a deep breath slowly and produce the sound "HAWWWWWWWW. including the hands position and visualization. Heart sound: With the mouth wide open. including the hands position and visualization." Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your liver.The Liver Sound The liver sound transforms the emotional energy inside the liver into kindness. The Heart Sound The heart sound transforms the emotional energy inside the heart into love. surrounding it. slow exhalation produce the sound "SHHHHHHHHHH. The Spleen Sound . Place hands palms-up on your thighs." Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your heart. Raise your hands palms-up over your head and interlock your fingers. with a long. Lean slightly to the left. surrounding it. Know that the red light is burning away and transmuting any hatred emotion or self-pity into the virtue emotions. Imagine a red light shining upon and inside your heart.
like the sound of an owl. produce the sound "WHOOOOOOOO" from the throat. Regular practice recycles more and more negative energy. exhale slowly as your produce the sound "HEEEEEEEE." Imagine a huge rolling pin flattening out your body from the forehead down to the toes. surrounding them. including the hands position and visualization. balance and fairness.com . fingers of each hand touching the others. and with a long. if possible. Spleen sound: While moving the hands under the ribs. slow exhalation. Daily Practice Along with the Inner Smile. Repeat two more (a total of three) times. Negative emotions need not be dreaded for with the use of the Six Healing Sounds they can easily be transformed into refreshing vital force. Triple Warmer Lie flat on your back. This will balance all the energies activated by the other sounds and help relax the body fully. palms-up. Repeat two more times (a total of three). place the tongue near the palate. Position: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. With your mouth open.The spleen sound transforms the emotional energy inside the spleen into openness. Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your spleen. Inhale and with breath held. under the rib. Place hands. slightly push the sides of your hands in and slightly up. fairness and justice. Imagine a yellow light shining upon and inside your spleen and pancreas." 2) For details of each sound see Mantak Chia s Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality Amir can be contacted at: amirfatir@go. 1) See my "The Tickling of the Ant. the Six Healing Sounds should be practiced daily. Concentrate on the virtue (power) of openness. under your left ribcage.
Amir is an Astrologer whose writings connect and reveal the symbolic wisdom in esoteric systems. a Taoist master known throughout the world. biochemist and technical head of the Institute for applied Biocybernetics and Feedback Research. Modern Science and Egyptian Metaphysics. He hasn t been physically free since the Ford Administration. Amir found a common thread runs through Islam. Christianity. Yoga. Magic. gave proof of the extensive effectiveness of his energy work. "This man is able to change his . Through the Power of the Inner Smile Mantak Chia. new age philosophies and modern science. Taoism. Eggetsberger. Judaism. when he was measured at an Institute in Vienna.Amir Fatir was a journalist and Nation of Islam Minister when he was arrested in 1975 for a murder that someone else committed. In 1991 Amir received a pardon recommendation that because of politics was illegally revoked. in Vienna. He can t sing but still hopes to one day perform with the Temptations. " It's unbelievable!" says Gerhard H. While on death row he studied all the ancient spiritual systems to learn where he d be after his execution. developed award winning programs and healed people and animals of serious diseases. While in prison he has authored books.
Again and again. gerhard Eggetsberger . Having been educated by various well. During his university studies in Hong Kong. Mantak Chia (right). We are scientifically proving spiritual knowledge that is 6000 years old! "This man" is Master Mantak Chia. he is now himself a Master and the author of a number of books. produced incredible results when his brain potential and electrical skin restance were tested at the 'Institute for Applied Biocybernetics and Feedback Research' .Faoism all over the world for more than two decades. He has been teaching . but highly effective instruments for promoting physical and mental health and development. The Head of the Institute. he came in contact with a Taoist master. and that they are not just folklore or superstitious beliefs. He is an ethnic Chinese who was born in Thailand about 50 years ago into a Christian family and grew up surrounded by Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Taoist master. An untrained body would never do this as completely as he does this. We even know how he does it through a kind of sympathetic reflex.electrical skin resistance in a split second from 60 Q up to 6080 Q and to lower it down again.known Taoist masters. This means that he can simply switch from the Nervus Vagus to the Nervus Sympaticus. he uses western sciences to explain and prove that the energy exercises he teaches measurably affect the body.
After 6 months of regular training on a biofeedback machine a competitive athlete will be able to increase or to diminish his electrical skin resistance in 10 to 15 minutes. (which normally occur only during deep meditation or deep sleep). his brain not only produced beta-waves (which are characterfetic of the waking state). That corresponds to the difference between a hand sweating from excitement and a very dry hand.(left): "An untrained bodu could never endure such extreme changes without being seriously damaged." . where a completely different set of parameters were tested. The exceptional character of these consciously created changes. The results were astonishing. the electrical skin resistance mentioned at the beginning of the article. while he was talking animatedly with the scientists. from 200 to 300 Q. that most people would be on their way to a heart attack. During the practice of certain techniques. whereas a resistance of 60 Q means such an excessive excitement. such as. ' How is it possible to be wide-awake and yet send certain regions of the brain into deep sleep? Scientists have been just as surprised about the results of the tests made in Vienna in May 1997." In the autumn of 1996. but also alpha and theta-waves. he let psychologists in Los Angeles take his EEG-graphs. can be made clear through the following comparison. Gerhard Eggetsberger says: "But the electrical skin resistance of 6000 Q corresponds to a state of incredible apathy.
that helps you take in." "It's a system.become y whole".Master Mantak Chia calls the system that he has developed. 'The Healing Tao. the last of which leads to . he says. He knows nine different levels. store and balance energy to stay healthy and .
thousand-fold and use it for your growth !" This does require . But most people do not know how to use this energy safely and beneficially anymore . so the Master says. wilich has been practiced by Tao yogis for centuries. yet not to waste it. "but learn to multiply your orgasm energy ten-fold. the Universal Tao tries to avoid the peak orgasm completely. which deny the body.enlightenment. and therefore they try to suppress it. be reassured : "Enjoy your sexuality !" advises Master Mantak Chia." The opposite mistake.especially monks and nuns. "Whenever we are aroused. "The important thing is'to let the orgasm energy flow. the Universal Tao practices enables one to begin a transformation process". They can only participate in and enjoy the universal life force. to a certain extent. "Sexual energy is sacred!" says Master Mantak Chia. who are in bitter need of such knowledge. neither of which is ideal. setting himself apart from many spiritual traditions. hundred-fold. TRANSFORMATION OF SEXUAL ENERGY : The way to escape the loss of sexual energy can be found in tantric wisdom. but then allows a peak orgasm to happen. People who deny sexual energy can lose their joy for life. but to transform it. Even the first two levels address issues that are seen as problems by many people. thus losing the benefits of it. whenever we have sex. Sexual energy makes up one quarter of our total life force. which delays the moment of orgasm. we are in communion with the divine a~iii universal energy. but then give it away again through orgasm. the Chi. Similar to water that turns into steam when heated enough and which can drive the turbine of a power station when guided properly. In contrast to the Indian Tantric tradition. is to connect with the sexual energy and build it up inside the body. Mantak Chia: "One of the deep misunderstandings of some religious systems is that they regard sex as negative or even evil. according to The Universal Tao. If this sounds like a new form of denial." Most people believe there are only two alternatives.
in traditions that use a lot of chanting. for example. wilich means being relaxed. which they built up.and not the other way round . and in that we weaken our system. In order to achieve the first two steps successfully. Through this a widely forgotten principle of division of labor comes into action. While mantras are being chanted. INTENTIONAL TRANSFORMATION OF ENERGY: . and with the help of the Universal Tao techniques a beginner is capable of keeping the energy. it is through these practices that multiple orgasms also become possible for men.and when you have a good emotional state. but afterwards it quickly drops back to the previous level. and especially in the spine. but to keep the emotional energy inside more often and to transform it there. Energy however can be stored in the organs and bones. for example. "By tills we not only cause a lot of damage." This can be observed. Master Mantak Chia : "The brain is able to generate. the energy needs paths for circulation and places where it can be stored. during a retreat. All this forms the essential foundation for reaching the goals of Taoist yoga. but it can't store them. The fundamental focus in the Universal Tao is on emotional energy. That way "energetic waste" can be changed back into neutral energy that is at your disposal. Energies that we might use for our growth evaporate unus'ed. channel and move large quantities of energy. emotions are normally thrown away like garbage". The way out according to Mantak Chia : "The Universal Tao teaches you not to suppress your feelings.discipline. but we also repeat the same mistake we make in the field of sexuality on another level. "Today. "Only when your sexual energy is completely at your disposal . can you establish a connection with the Universe and profit from its enormous potential !" Master Mantak Chia makes clear. On the contraiy. passion is multiplied and there is no rolling over and falling asleep immediately after intercourse. the Tao Master explains. but not celibacy. the energy level rises.
five elements. The Taoist yoga student begins to get in touch with the divine by practicing the Microcosmic Orbit.) The Six Healing Sounds balances the warm and cold energy in the body . Tlie Microcosmic Orbit : Through physical and mental exercices the inner energy channels are activated. emotional or organ energy can always flow and does not stagnate anywhere. (If an organ does not vibrate at the right frequency.Master Chia explaining the connection between the flow of Chi in the organs. by and by. it can literally burn out the brain and cause mental damage. If it gets activated in an uncontrolled or unprepared manner. The channels correspond to tlie known channels of Chi Kung. According to Master Mantak Chia. "The Kundalini energy we are working with is very hot. This provides ideal absorption and digestion' of all nutrition. the Universal Tao takes special care to proceed at an appropriate and safe pace. We do not fay to create loads of energy. We work at a leisurely and safe pace. colors and planets. The practicioners learn to enlarge their working storage capacity so much that they can take in the information of the "greater Universe". animals." At the basic level. and the four directions. blockages arise. lead to somatic disturbances. which may. The Six Healing Sounds : The first five sounds detoxily the organs and lead them back to a healthy state of vibration. but to create an amount that can be stored. cleansed and trained. . so that sexual. six different pratices serve this puipose. .
. Otherwise we are incomplete. were one smiles into different parts of the body .even if the others are "highly evolved" gums . The awakening of this ability in the Universal Tao does not happen for purely self-centered reasons and is not just a training in states of higher consciousness. Tlie Inner Smile.the organs. glands and-the brain and charges them with positive energy. (Mantak Chia : "It's like building an iron shirt that strenghtens and protects tlie body. . relaxation and activity. where a lot of chanting is practiced. Tai Chi. where the main focus is on prayer. Iron Shirt Chi Kung is a special system of exercices which makes it possible to absorb energy at the level of the bone marrow. This has been objectively proven by the tests mentioned earlier. They open themselves to the cosmic . This helps transform negative emotions and promotes a rhythmic flow of Yin and Yang energy (this will be explained later in the article). Master Mantak Chia explains what the Universal Tao aims for.but to lead them into freedom and independence. parasympathetic and sympathic nervous systems. Many people who relax just become passive. . This is very important because both elements are part of our potential and we need both in order to master our lives. But in relatity it's a flow of Yin and Yang states. track down blockages and release them. or in churches." Mantak Chia is able to switch between extreme Yin and Yang states..") . Master Mantak Chia : "In other systems. keep it in a state of flux. The aim is not an imagined heavenly kingdom. the adepts are mainly in touch with receiving Yin energy. using the Tai Chi as an example : "The whole secret is keeping the Yin and Yang balanced. but also balances and distributes the energy evenly through all the channels. which not only help to build up and guide energy. and all too often Tai Chi is taught in that way as well. The "religious policy" of the Universal Tao is to avoid leaving people depend on others . for example Buddhism. Special breathing techniques help to consciously guide the life force.
projects' energy to the Universe (God. "Unluckily. therefore. they can be dominated easily by gurus. it is inherent in the system : "Most people are dependent". "It is not like in some religions and in the ancient monarchies. "because they never learn how to work with their own energy. so that it can be used in this world. When they stop praying. We should preserve it. In some extreme cases people hardly do anything but wait for "the UFOs" to take them away. nor how to use it actively in their lives. the Cosmos). Let's make it our heaven !" The first aim. INDEPENDANCE FROM ALL GURUS: Taoist practices make the student independent. "give up !" and "no ego !" without making any effort to balance this. but then. Master Chia only smiles at people who curse the world due to esoteric beliefs.energy during prayer. They are hardly able to deal with the emotions of everyday life. whose goal is to go to a higher level. The Universal Tao in contrast asserts : "The world is beautiful. like other spiritual traditions and methods. there are still many teachings which look upon this life as a laborious preparation for the supposed "real" life m "heaven". These systems. the energy is then taken back and stored in the body. in a rhythmic exchange. do not appreciate the body. Master Mantak Chia explains. or the monarch. Admittedly. They do not want to take responsibilities in this world. Therefore they have either to . Taoist yoga stresses the importance of being able to support oneself and not to depend on charity. It is rather that we connect with the energy and then take it into ourselves so as to realize it". the Chi disipates. the Master claims. is to strenghten and preserve the body. This has nothing to do with Master Mantak Chia perhaps being a liberally minded teacher." In this statement a great acceptance and love for life on earth become apparent. but they learn neither to store it." It is only through this that a transition into another world becomes possible. gets all the energy. to harness and enjoy the sexual energy and do work here on earth. were the object that is being worshipped. If there is a constant demand for "surrender !". the Universal Tao. masters or religious leaders.
if there is anything in them that you can use. and this is why they are hooked on various systems. In the Healing Tao system one strives to built up enough energy in the brain so that real knowledge and wisdom can reside there. but with being connected to nature and the Universe. but how to be yourself within a religious system. on top of that. learns how to connect with the Universe.suppress or to waste the energy. "If you have this connection. It is similar to a tiger who has forgotten how to hunt while living in a zoo." An independence is established that is based on hearing your own inner voice. they can not be manipulated by any church. That has nothing to do with the number of books you have read. they have already acilieved a great deal of freedom. Master Mantak Chia : "It is like Jesus and even Mohammed said : "You don't need me. If tlie inner voice is sincere. you can connect directly with God ! ". an intuitive connection to truth may arise that is incorruptible. and who would starve in the wild. SPECTACULAR RESULTS OF THE UNIVERSAL TAO : . you can be open to all systems and find out. If that person. You are not in danger of being led astray by false opinions of others anymore." If a person is able to let their feelings and sexual energy be without having to act on them. just like animals who know what to eat and what not to eat. you know if someone is telling the truth or not. When you have reached this state. It is not about leaving religion.
which Master Mantak Chia could easily exceed by far. which again corresponds to a materially greater brain capacity. reflexes. or extreme apathy. After a certain amount of energy. Eggetsberger. the head of the Institute : "The Universal Tao practices are the first system I have comme across that I can fully recommend. Especially notable in the fact that the potentials in both hemispheres of the brain began to synchronize during this process." The measurement of the so-called USPs (Ultra Slow Potentials) or. Gerhard Eggetsberger : "It seems to be a kind of biological program. efficiency. the Orgasmic Upward Draw. physical changes become apparent : new synapses are formed. health. Once a certain level of energy has been achieved. and this awakens inner knowledge and wisdom. that it is this level that Mantak Chia-talks about. the inner flow of the energies in the body. . which are connected with clarity. until the last exercise. A measurement of this kind had never been done before in the Institute for Biocybemetics in Vienna. the Inner Smile. The potentials in both brain hemispheres rose from the beginning exercice. as if only now the full human potential unfolds. which normally occour only in cases of heart attack. the quality of your sexual experience and various other physical phenomena.the Cosmos is established once a certain amount of energy has been created in the brain. showed extremely high results when Master Chia was doing his meditation. Gerhard H.Master Chia can alternate between two extreme levels of resistance. more simply. when he says that a connection with . both hemispheres balance themselves automatically." It may be presumed.
summarizes the results of a treatment that Jens Christian. how to control their glandular system. the throat center opens. But not only he can do this. the potentials immediately increased measurably. which is a guided visualization through the body and an energy transmission through a healer. even though the person that was tested was in a state of relaxation. in combination with biofeedback machines. testing the equipment which has been developed by the Institute. The great success of the Cosmic Healing technique. Eggetsberger's results show that both know how to . During a series of tests with his students. and thereby fundamental elements of their immune. has been confirmed by tests as well. Dr. How amazing !" Another interesting aspect can be seen. received : '"Every time Master Mantak Chia made use of the technique. The head of the Institute. a medical doctor from Munich.The Head of the Institute. bringing his awareness to that part. Gerhard Eggetsberger. What it means is that a person practicing Taoist yoga is able to learn in few hours. if you compare people who practice Taoist yoga with people who practice Kundalini yoga : Dr. This normally never happens. for instance. they also achieved significant results. Another finding : wherever Mantak Chia sent energy to in his body. The potential of the thyroid gland increased. Eggetsberger.
Let your awareness move to the heart. Visualize a blue color there. Observe your breath becoming calm and even. In my personal opinion. i. the more spiritual growth can take place. That does not seem to be the goal in the Universal Tao. See a green color or a forest. Iligh levels of consciousness that last. Feel the fire of love bum inside your heart and become aware of a shining red color. Smile into these organs. disturbances might arise which could be prevented. Feel and see the red quality there. but are guided back into the body and stored there.influence the energy in their bodies to an amazing degree. But on the other hand. Move to the liver on the next exhale. Smile into your navel. Inhale that green color into your liver for 3-4 breaths. The lungs are connected to the metal element. the Tan Tien area and into your abdomen. Inhale a silver light into every cell as you smile into them. Smile into your bladder. on the right hand side of your body. Feel warm soft earth here. thereby creating lasting transmutations of their brain structure. or imagine sparkling blue water. Begin by breathing slowly to the abdomen. Feel your lungs expand and become . straighten your spine and close your eyes. Feel your abdomen rising and falling and gradually warming up. Let your awareness stay in the bladder for 3 or 4 breaths. Smile into your liver. Breathe and smile into it. Glide down to the stomach. Inhale a yellow color. "Yogis contract the energy in their brain and hold it there for 10 hours or more. bring your awareness into the bladder. Stay in your heart for 3-4 breaths as well. if the student learnt how to conduct the energy in the body. a combination of the two systems would be best." THE INNER SMILE EXERCISE: Sit on a chair. Turn your awareness to the lungs. because the longer you can hold this high energy level. nature or young wood. The potentials are created in the brain. Imagine a yellow sun in that area.e. pancreas and spleen. As you exhale.
bring your awareness back to the navel and the energy that has been brought into flow will be stored there. This energy harmonizes the brain and balances both hemispheres. When you finish. liver. to which our wills are gardeners. and "Chi Self. Let your awareness go down to the kidneys. lungs afad kidneys.Massage". This also has a positive influence on the nervous ganglions that run through the spinal cord. (Detailed in the following books written by Mantak Chia : "Transform Stress into Vitality". but it has radical effects". August 1997. stomach.) "This exercise seems easy. “Our bodies are our gardens. Extract from: Esotera. so that internal tensioris can be dissolved. And the smiling then opens up the organs and makes them softer. the surplus of energy is automatically conducted into the brain. Universal Tao teacher Beate Nimsky explains. which again has a healing effect on the organs. brings about an energetic charging of every cell. "Through breathing deeply. connected with the colors and elements.” —William Shakespeare .cool and pure. the whole body becomes calm and peaceful. Go through tills cycle of the organs a few times : bladder. Smiling into the organs in the given order corresponds to the so-called Creation Cycle and. Once the cells are charged. Through this we prepare the system to take in more energy.
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Whereby. It is a complete system for our integrated physical. In those times. Our motto: good heart. hydrotherapy and yoga.” . Additionally. They discovered what we call the Wu Chi. energy (emotional). we strive to achieve spiritual independence and merge into oneness with the Wu Chi. Also: large swimming pool. chi—our bioelectromagnetic life force—for self-healing and life enhancement. the natural way. mental and spiritual bodies. Tao means way: the way of nature and the universe. longevity and spiritual evolution. It means ‘nothingness. the Supreme Natural Power in the universe—in Western terminology.complementary health services.com> Universal Healing Tao practices are designed to cultivate a balanced life of love. good intentions and good chi! <www. We establish a relaxed. gym and other recreational facilities. physiotherapy. and then the chi of Earth. the Original Force or Primordial Force. God. healthy base of life in our physical/social environment.” says Grand Master Mantak Chia. Chi Nei Tsang and Karsai Massage. the Health Spa offers a full range of Thai Massage. the primordial all-conscious void. Guests enjoy their time at Tao Garden in the beautiful surroundings of nature with fresh air. good water and delicious organic diet.' the subtle subatomic entities. The focus is on developing and refining our life energy. the practitioner consciously senses the personal chi within the body. Both TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Ayurvedic modalities are integrated with limited Western medical services. “In the Taoism of my lineage.' but it is filled with ‘Dark Matter. health. The way of the Tao is a process of ‘returning' to Wu Chi. “the origin goes back to the Wu Chi.tao-garden. nature and the Universe. Ayurvedic Massage. At the same time. HUMAN PRIMORDIAL FORCE Taoist history goes back to the time when everybody was living in nature and in caves. the Chinese started connecting with nature and feeling the forces of nature.
Starting from the beginning of conception when the egg and sperm come together in the first cell-this cell has the power to draw the primordial force down. The heart stores part of the original spirit (yuan shen) of the primordial force. The practice of the Inner Smile and the Six Healing Sounds will help to reunite with this force. which also has the same eight Hertz frequency. the sexual organ cells store part of the primordial force. The Heavenly Primordial Force and the Earth Primordial Force combine with Human Original Primordial Force (such as the combination of creative life forces at human conception of the first cell). the subsequent copies from the original retain the capacity to draw in the primordial force. but genetically enhanced versions through the power of ‘positive personal engineering'. Earth force is combined with the universal primordial force so that it is a source of the major force that is closest to the quality of human force. compassion and orgasmic sexual energy. our cells will draw in the primordial force and a process of cellular intercourse occurs.Humans also store part of the primordial force. When the human body is formed. Just as when the first cell divides and multiplies. The kidneys store part of the primordial force and connect with the earth force. The right kidney stores part of the primordial force that supports life and gives more life. we can give our new cells' DNA the support of the creative life forces that nurtured our first cell—original reproductions. In this state of activation. DNA is transcribed in the nucleus and translated via RNA in the cytoplasm. giving birth to new and improved cells. When we combine our love. This cellular intercourse will also occur when we have stored enough of this combined sexual energy (jing) and then combine it with love and compassion energy. . There are many rooting Chi Kung practices in Taoism to help ourselves to be energetically rooted into the earth in order to access its primordial force. Thus. a harmonizing resonance effect arises at the synergistic frequency of eight Hertz. Cells divide and combine. combine with it and form what comes to be a human.
Each galaxy is a part of the Primordial Force. Dark Matter is about 96% of the universe. These scientists believe that the ‘Zero Point Field' is the allpervasive ground state throughout the universe. So.PRIMORDIAL FORCE AND DARK MATTER The whole Taoist practice is involved with how to evoke the primordial force in order to be reunited with it in our body. with zero-point fluctuation as the underlying mechanism acting on quantum entities and causing one entity to affect the others—it means that every part of the universe can be in touch with every other part instantaneously. our solar system and our planet Earth. The Tao believes that our Earth is the energy center of the galaxies of our universe. This point of view is supported by the most advanced scientists of today in the field of quantum mechanics. especially our galaxy. . Our sun and Earth are part of just one solar system out of 200 billion combinations of star and planet solar systems in our Milky Way galaxy. According to quantum theory. and the other 4% is our physical universe.' Thus. . it really doesn't matter where we are—we are still at the center—and each person is at the center of the universe! We are well-positioned and well-suited for the all-important process of drawing upon the primordial force for our life maintenance. one quality of subatomic particles is ‘non-locality. Primordial Force-an aspect of Dark Matter-fills the whole universe.
Finally. They go to the mountains. Buddhism. practice and come down to teach and help people. and all the planets store some of the elemental qualities of Primordial Force that we need to access in order to complete our inner alchemy transformation. Our planets also have a lot of influence on us. MY MASTER. They take out what is not necessary. Fortifying ourselves with this essential resource enables us to manifest the amazing wonders of our human birthright. the universe sends energy to us and to Earth so the earth can support life. including all rituals and ceremonies. He was practicing and searching for all the masters in the mountains. we call ourselves the ‘Inner-Alchemy-JustPractice Taoists. My master. Our earth stores a major part that we need in order to fulfill our birthright. YI ENG: INNER ALCHEMY PRACTICE In my lineage.refinement and evolution. Yi Eng (I Yun—means White Cloud) finally decided to go to the mountain and practice things in this way. and he learned the whole system . Christianity and the science of today's world. And so. according to the Tao. Highly refined states of inner experience and consciousness are the birthright of all humans and are accessible by all! Inner-Alchemy-Just-Practice Taoists combine all the things that are effective. Islam.' People in this lineage usually learn from many systems—such as Hinduism. he met my grandmaster.
From there.II and III Chi energy body (soul) practices. White Cloud left his body at age 96. transfers consciousness and trains this energy body to grow like a healthy child. The nine formulas of Taoist internal spiritual cultivation that I teach were originally transmitted to me by my master.' By intention one can create and nurture a crystalized energy 'foetus' (using the physical analogy). referred to as the 'Golden Light Body' (Golden is a reference to . and the universe. One learns to cultivate. He told me to teach these to Chinese first and then to Westerners. With loving attention and care via the upper hierarchy of meditation practices-Lesser. It begins with the Fusion I. The master gave no initiation. nothing at all—just pure practice. and Sealing of the Five Senses-one feeds. refine and store sexual energy in the body in the basic practices. It took many generations of masters to refine their amazing experiences into nine practical stages of inner alchemy. that the sexual energy generated in the process is a critical element for spiritual development.that he passed on to me. there are more refined inner alchemy practices that enable Universal Tao practitioners to grow and attain their Immortal Spirit Body. planets. INTEGRATING IMMORTALITY Sexual Essence. Through inner alchemy processes. one refines immaterial (sexual energy essence and healthy positive energy) generated from material (physical body) and sources of Earth. control. no celebration. And further. Inner Child and the Immortal Spirit Body Some may find it interesting to hear that spiritual development can go hand in hand with a loving. The goal is to have time to accomplish the energetic refinement and crystalization of one's true spiritual self. A practitioner can become energetically 'pregnant. respectful sexual relationship as well as for solo cultivation practice. Greater and Greatest Kan and Li. Yi Eng. nature. conserve.
medical science and of the advancements in the field of quantum sciences-combined with my experience of over forty years of practice and teaching. I have added my own refinements based on study with many masters as well as my studies in Western anatomy. astrology. . Book. patience and commitment. emotionally balanced life and longevity to support feeling good and to be willing to persevere with this higher inner alchemy process.universal-tao. These formulas are best studied with a live teacher in a supportive class setting. It takes time. astronomy. with a Universal Healing Tao Instructor who may be available to teach in your area. Therefore. NINE TAO INNER ALCHEMY FORMULAS OF IMMORTALITY All of the Inner Alchemy practices are involved with activating and restoring the Primordial Force back to sufficient quality and quantities for our health and spiritual development. The Golden Light Body is one's immortal vehicle for spiritual freedom and independence. We invite you to attend live retreats at Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort (www.com) or elsewhere with me when I'm on the world tours. Taoists value a healthy. booklet. CD. The process is further refined in the practices of the Congress of Heaven and Earth and then the Reunion of Heaven and Man. It transcends the limits of the physical world of time and spacewhile still living in the here and now. but that is not always possible. not necessarily its permanent color). VCD or DVD support materials for many of the practices mentioned herein are available from the Universal Healing Tao Center (www.taogarden. It is the ultimate meaning and purpose of life! Using White Cloud's structure.com). The goal can be attained and experienced in this lifetime.the high value accorded to this attainment. It doesn't happen by whim or chance. Or. happy.
Six Healing Sounds: Each organ stores parts of the primordial force and negative and positive emotions.INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA I PRIMORDIAL FORCE ACTIVATION Basic Practices I In order to activate the Primordial Force. 2. The Inner Smile is one of the most simple and powerful tools for healing. 1. One part of the negative needs ten parts of the positive to . we need to purify the organs and learn grounding to the earth. Get rid of the negative emotion and rebalance the positive emotion. The most powerful force that can be used to support us is the primordial force of Earth. Inner Smile: Use the power of smiling to activate the relaxation response in the parasympathetic nervous system. When we learn to smile to the negative and make friends with it. It is also the balance of negative and positive emotions—we do not look at negative as sin. Cosmic Inner Smile 3. Transforming negative emotional energy patterns into the positive components in the organs helps to reprogram the genes and DNA. the PH balance of acid and alkaline. Taoist practice is involved with the yin/yang. we can find a way to live in harmony together and enhance our health.
Cosmic Basic Practices II Healing Sounds 4. positive emotion and special position for each sound—these will help to restore you back to good health and will help with the connection to the primordial force. Awaken Cosmic Healing Light (Microcosmic Orbit) 5.balance it. Chi Self-Massage: Simple massage techniques are used to remove blockages and to enhance the healthy distribution of chi in the body from head to toe. the old negative information will not be copied to the next cells. This will help draw in more primordial force from the earth through the soles of the feet up to the spine and from the universe in through the crown to combine in the lower Tan Tien (abdominal area). Chi Self-Massage Chi Kung for Healing 1. the heart and the brain. through the head and back down the front side of the orbit will help to activate the orbiting of forces of the solar system and the universe. Deep Abdominal Breathing. With the special sound for each of the organs. This is good to do after meditation and other practices where a lot of chi is activated. The healing sounds practice will help to reprogram the cells so that when the cells split. the special healing color. Energizer and Empty Force Breath: These are breathing methods to open and energize . Microcosmic Orbit: Opening chi (body's life force energy) flow in the energy pathways from the perineum (area between sexual organs and anus) up the spine.
Iron Shirt Chi Kung I 7. Meditation in movement. Tan Tien Chi Kung: Cultivate and condense chi in the lower tan tien. Elixir Chi Kung 5. Activate the saliva and charge it with oxygen and the chi of nature. vibrate parts of the body so the stem cells get the message on where to go for healing and regeneration. Iron Shirt Chi Kung I: Do Chi Breathing and Rooting to Ground while unifying and strengthening bone structure alignment.Tao Yin: A Taoist yoga that stimulates chi flow in meridians (chi pathways delineated in Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture maps of the energy body) affected by each exercise. 2. mind and body for . Tai Chi Chi Kung I: Develop the inner structure and chi flow of Tai Chi. Bone Marrow Nei Kung (Iron Shirt III) 9. Activate the Stem Cells Chi Kung: With the use of a bamboo hitter and a wire hitter. chi. 3. Iron Shirt Chi Kung II 8. Pack chi power in all 9 areas of the tan tien and the associated organs. Tai Chi Chi Kung I 10.the tan tien. Coordinate deep breathing. Circulate forces of Earth and the Universe. With the Elixir Swallow technique. Laughing Chi Kung: Activate the immune system and defense system. earth and the cosmic chi. the charged saliva will be turned into instant chi (life force) —the most powerful healing power. Saliva is the Water of Life. tendons and ligaments using the Dragon and Tiger Breath and 11 animal exercise postures. the main chi (life force energy) storage area of the body. movement in meditation. including the armpits and pubic hair are like antennas extended to the universe to absorb primordial force. Elixir Chi Kung: All of our body hair. Laugh to activate the thymus gland and the bone marrow. kuas. Iron Shirt Chi Kung II: Activate and grow the tendons. 4. Bone Marrow Nei Kung: Regenerate the bone marrow and activate the stem cells for regeneration and healing. Tan Tien Chi Kung 6.
and specific healing applications are taught for specific ailments in specific areas of the body. Karsai Nei Tsang: This genital health therapeutic cleansing massage specifically improves the health of the genitals and the genital area. ligaments and associated muscles. Cosmic Healing Chi Kung II: More advanced methods are learned.deep sensing.Tai Chi Chi Kung II: Use the discharge technique to absorb and transmit the Universal and Earth Forces in this higher level of moving meditation. Tao Yin 11. It removes physical and emotional blockages to return body systems to healthy functioning. Chi Nei Tsang II 3. Cosmic Healing Chi Kung II 5. Be more relaxed and refreshed. Chi Nei Tsang I 2. The procedure for creating healing ‘chi' water by changing the water's structure with one's mindeye-heart power and primordial force is also taught. Chi Nei Tsang II: More techniques are taught and powerful applications are applied to release deep tension in blocked tissues. Chi Nei Tsang I: This is the most powerful massage therapy for deep organ detoxification. Tai Chi Chi Kung II Medical Chi Kung: 1. psoas muscles and patterns of movement for health and inner development. Each organ contains part of the primordial force. Condition the spine. The massage movements break up and . Cosmic Healing Chi Kung I 4. When an organ's accumulated negative emotions and toxins are released. the organ can more effectively draw in the primordial force and regenerate itself. Cosmic Healing Chi Kung I: Basic practices for general healing sessions with specific light energies of the primordial force are introduced. The practitioner learns meditations focused on connecting parts of the body to the structure of the universe in the process of spiritualization and opening to more powerful healing experiences with the primordial force. The magic of the elbow is learned to aid healing. Induce elasticity of tendons.
Eventually. Karsai Nei Tsang INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 2 BASIC SEXUAL ALCHEMY PRACTICE Sexual Alchemy I Sexual organs and the kidneys store part of the Jing. release toxicity and remove physical and emotional blockages in the pelvic area. 1. the essence of the primordial force.dissolve sedimentation in the circulatory system. This enables the primordial force and the stem cells to refresh. Men learn how to control ejaculation and to transform the sexual energy into chi (life force) and then transform it up to spirit force. there will be less blood lost and more will be converted into chi. Learn how to conserve and store it. Male Sexual Alchemy 2. the brain and other parts of the body. Female Sexual Alchemy . heal and regenerate more effectively in these areas as well as in the local sexual area. Most recipients experience a strong sensation of opening the energy channels from the sexual area to the kidneys. abdomen. More sexual energy will help to attract and multiply the primordial chi. Women learn how to control menstruation and transform the blood into chi and likewise transform it up to spirit force. legs.
Neutralize negative energies from . In the practices of Fusion I.3. It is used to attract more primordial force—like coming into ‘oneness with God. Multi-Orgasmic Couple INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 3 FUSION: 5 ELEMENTS & 8 PAKUA FORCES Eight-sided Pakuas are created and used to draw the organs' energies into their spinning centers. any negative emotional qualities or imbalances from the organs are neutralized. The organs' energy is transformed in the fusion processes. the planets and the eight primordial forces. by blending—fusing —all these forces together in the Pakua. These energies mix with and are transformed by the elemental forces of nature. II and III. balanced quality of energy that is stronger and attuned to a higher quality.' Fusion I Fusion of the Five Elements I: Pakuas for More Powerful Chi Transformation Establish the vibrating essence of the trigrams of the eight primordial forces in pakuas. The transformed energy becomes a more refined.
Fusion II Fusion of the Five Elements II: Open Thrusting and Belt Channels Fuse positive energies and create powerful positively charged pearls of life force. Take advantage of our Darkness Retreat technology here at Tao Garden. Greater and Greatest Kan and Li in 2002-03. Form a pearl of condensed energy to circulate in the Microcosmic Orbit. 6 and 7 in the Darkness facility at the Universal Healing Tao Center and Tao Master School at Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort. Use them to open the inner thrusting channels and the outer protective belt channels. chi. DARKNESS RETREATS Grand Master Mantak Chia now teaches the Inner Alchemy Formulas 4.the organs with primordial forces of the pakuas. This yields . Work with energy circles to broaden the scope of primordial force access and protection. Regulator and Protection Channels Use the chi pearls to open and connect the Bridge and Regulator Channels. 5. He taught Lesser. and then open more protective channels for the spine. Use all of these to further refine and protect the energy body. head and body. Participants stay in the absolute darkness atmosphere during the full week(s) of their training. Fusion III Fusion of the Five Elements III: Bridge. Sealing of the Five Senses was added to the schedule in 2004.
the relaxed atmosphere. In the Darkness Retreat you will learn and practice techniques that make it possible to experience the universe from the perspective of your subtle bodies. You can observe the “dark matter” with your “dark matter” subtle body vision. having a spontaneous healing occurrence.the best results due to the natural changes in the biochemistry of the brain. ‘Dark matter' is not dark. there is light galore. but it is not the light seen with our physical body's eyes.” Timespace relationships are dependent upon the type of matter one is conscious of or experiencing. It can interpenetrate with visible matter. You may see within and/or beyond. The “dark matter” that one encounters in the prolonged Darkness Retreat is matter that is void of charged particles and therefore cannot be seen with our normal vision. lucid dreaming. The sense of time and space associated with these various forms of subtle matter are different from that associated with visible matter. Explore your unique and wondrous possibilities within— whether it be journeying through DNA memories. inner light experiences. Think of it as ‘atoms' which are held together by a ‘force' other than electromagnetic force and that these ‘atoms' are not visible to our normal vision. There are infinite fascinating possibilities that one may experience. seeing in other . There are objects and scenes of magnificent beauty and distinct beings in beautiful light body form as real in appearance as people in our physical form. Our subtle bodies and subtle matter are composed of various forms of uncharged “dark matter. When one acquires an awareness of his/her subtle bodies. Share the subdued excitement of experiencing newly discovered realities in an ambience of friendly camaraderie among kindred spirited participants from around the planet. Varieties of finer matter exist not only in the world without. profound emotional revelations. enhanced inner focusing and the enriched energetic atmosphere of group meditations led by Grand Master Mantak Chia. yet they can interpenetrate with visible atoms. but they exist in man also.
The vernal equinox at the beginning of spring time is when the yin and yang energies are balanced between the cold water energy of winter and the hot fire energy of summer. Our spiritual fetus is established in the tan tien.' or perhaps flying beyond the highest mountains and out among the stars. The sexual organ also stores part of the primordial force. The light of day is balanced with the darkness of night. It is a great opportunity to be open and interact with it to receive the . See Darkroom Articles for more information. the earth opens its energy of the warm moist growing power in abundance. When these two combine together. they will form a more complete force. This is used to cleanse. The equinoxes and solstices that mark the changes of the seasons provide special opportunities to get a boost of energy in these Kan and Li practices. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 4: Lesser Enlightenment of Kan and Li Inner Sexual Alchemy II (Fire &Water) Reunite with the Primordial Force. This process establishes a powerful ‘steaming' effect in the tan tien cauldron at the level of the navel center. Fascinating and inspirational new experiences arise in Tao Garden's comfortable ‘five star' Darkroom accommodations. As the cold of winter yin moves to the heat of summer yang.dimensions through the inner ‘third eye. purify and strengthen the organs and brain to better attract the primordial force. The heart stores part of the primordial force (yuan shen).
flowers and trees expand to draw on the fullness of this power of the sun. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 5: Greater Enlightenment of Kan and Li Sun.perfectly balanced quality of water and fire energy. So. Another cauldron is established in the solar plexus center to draw on the yin and yang forces of the sun. All living things. The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year when the sun is at its highest point of its arc in our sky. the plants. This is a special time to get a huge boost of the earth's primordial chi. Moon and Planets Alchemy (Fire &Water) Further Reunite with the Primordial Force. This is a great time to draw in the missing primordial force of the sun when we work in the cauldron at the solar plexus. . humans can make use of this special offering of the primordial force from the earth for the inner alchemy in resonance with our kidney/ sexual energy and our heart energy that we are missing. moon and planets to further amplify the processes begun in the lower cauldron.
the human on planet Earth meditating up to the stars. billions of light years from head to toe. By manifesting the intention to connect the relevant heavenly bodies to the appropriate parts of one's body. Again. . we attract the cosmic primordial forces needed for our inner alchemy to further develop our energy (soul) body and spirit body. Establish another cauldron in the heart center and expand the body to become a Cosmic Being. Be this being that beams down its exquisite rays to one cell of its being. Star and Soul Alchemy (Fire &Water) Reunite with the Primordial Force Still More. yin and yang. energies begun in the lower cauldrons. The autumnal equinox at the beginning of the fall season is when the yin and yang energies are balanced between the hot fire energy of summer and the cold water energy of winter. This more refined alchemy in the heart cauldron enhances and furthers the steaming processes of water and fire.INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 6: Greatest Enlightenment of Kan and Li Planets. Become an immense being of the universe whose Crystal Palace is the North Star with constellations and planets for vital organs. Cosmic consciousness opens the three tan tiens to receive primordial force from their heavenly counterpart.
originally symbolized by heraldic animals (Black Turtle. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 7: Sealing of the Five Senses Star and Galaxy Alchemy Finally. . it's a good time to get extra benefit in the Greatest Kan and Li practice of drawing the missing heavenly primordial force into the body. with the Great Bear of the Big Dipper marking the progression of the seasons as its handles rotates like the arm of a cosmic clock.the days and nights are balanced as the days become shorter. In resonance with the tendency of the weather. with the five forces of the collective Stellar Self. is the Purple Pole Star in the center of the sky. The body of our stellar mind can be viewed in the four quadrants of fixed stars in the night sky. This cauldron is located at the mid-eyebrow point. Green Dragon. As the heat of summer yang moves to the cold of winter yin. we add another cauldron to the head. The fifth. Red Phoenix. and White Tiger). the quintessence. the upper tan tien. The soul body (yin) serves as an earth cable and absorbs the yang energy from the heavenly ‘wire' to the soul body and down to the human body. the cells of the body are contracting and drawing inward from the cool dry weather after the expanding heat of the summer. the five streams of personal consciousness that operate through our senses. It unifies the five shen. The soul body is yin energy. It also absorbs the earth energy to balance the yang energy absorbed from the heavenly (spirit) body. and the spiritual body is yang energy.
This stabilizes the celestial axis. heart and mid-eyebrow) is integrated. The Self here identifies itself here with two dimensions that co-exist and co-create: the “formless form” of our being and the “substantial form” of our becoming. These two polar dimensions of our greater Self engage in cosmic sex. and Humanity are gathered in the three body cauldrons as original ching (jing). This pre-state or Primordial Heaven is called hundun. the primal chaos-unity that preceded the “big bang” of the cosmic egg cracking open. or “Pre-Self”. They couple in order to re-open the portal to their Original state. original chi. and original shen. This three-tone .These personal and stellar essences are fused in the upper tan tien in the cauldron at the mid-eyebrow point. Profound peace and different spiritual qualities continuously manifest from this activated core and radiate sonically into our physical becoming. Our soul pattern expands its conscious destiny to include dimensions of life beyond the physical plane. The Three Originals (san yuan) of Heaven. We hear the current of inner sound. This is the process of our Inner Sage attaining the celestial level of immortality. The pure open space connecting the three tan tien cauldrons (at the navel. Earth. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 8: Congress of Heaven and Earth Heaven and Earth Alchemy This practice integrates the Early Heaven or formless Self with the Later Heaven (Earth) physical Self.
This is the true achievement of the authentic or Immortal Self. and . This state cannot be fully known or defined conceptually for others. Into this is fused our inner sage's immortal presence. the Supreme Unknown. the quintessence of humanity meditating in the center of a cosmic torus (spiritual black hole). Perhaps it might be conceptualized as the experience of living fully in the Wu Chi. We must enter this portal to complete our journey of Return to the Origin. Creation (of the manifest) and Return to Formless Origin seamlessly complete each other. from physical linear time to spirit's eternal time. This is symbolized by a tonal double vortex spinning faster than the speed of light within the void of space. Attainment of this ninth level is spontaneous. or spontaneous action without acting.harmonic chord is resonated with the fundamental or original tone of time and space. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 9: Union of Human and Tao This stage is the integration of the eight previous levels of consciousness into the experience of living simultaneously in the present moment in all dimensions. Consciousness then stabilizes in the axial center where our true multi-dimensional nature can now be embodied. a permanent state of grace known as wu wei. effortless action.
Going back thousands of years in China. and the universe—the natural way of evolving in our life to our highest. healing. This implies a process of ‘returning' from the grosser levels of our manifested physical existence through the more subtle aspects of our being to our unconditioned. There are many steps along the way to attaining this underlying state of exalted being. Taoist: An individual who subscribes to and practices the methods associated with the pursuit of the Tao is referred to as a Taoist. Hence. At that point we merge and become one with the Wu Chi —the nothingness. mind and spirit for a balanced healthy. most refined. energy body.happens when the inner will of our immortal sage within has reached complete alignment with the Tao. people have accumulated and refined ways of cultivating the integrated physical body. happy life in pursuit of the Tao. there are various practices for health. nature. unrestricted pureself. refining and longevity to support ourselves with sufficient energy and time to accomplish the goal. ultimate state of being and experience. It may occur only by direct transmission from the Tao to the mature and receptive adept. . Writing and editorial assistance by Dennis Huntington Senior Instructor in residence at Tao Garden GLOSSARY By Dennis Huntington Universal Healing Tao Senior Instructor in residence at Tao Garden TAO: Tao means the way—the way of man. the all-conscious void underlying all that ‘is'—comparable to the Christian and other religions' concept of becoming one with God.
like chi is used by Taoists. Various combinations of practices traced to Taoist roots and these other traditions are referred to as Taoism. philosophical and political influences—different schools of thought and practice have proliferated. When they accessed it to apply it in the processes of inner alchemy they also referred to it as Primordial Chi. Tan Jingsheng and Huang Ti. energetic. Among the many Taoists to whom Taoist authority is attributed are Lao Tzu. The name that has been written is no longer that of eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of the cosmic universe. They classified these forces in nature and the universe in terms of their category of effects in humans (physical. Paradoxically. as Lao Tzu tells us in beginning his Tao Te Ching: “The Tao that is voiced is no longer the Tao.” Science is providing us with a deeper knowledge of what is. This use of terminology is analogous to the usage in modern life to ‘electromagnetic force' and electric energy when the force is activated and used in some application—the term ‘energy' is used to identify its effects in action. a body of literature has accumulated that provides a base of reference for the roots and principles known as the Tao.Taoism: Various combinations of practices traced to Taoist roots. through time and diversity in different areas and with the impact of different social. Original Force or Primordial Force. religious. Chuang Tzu. but the Tao is still beyond words and knowledge. mental or spiritual qualities). they called it the Supreme Natural Force. Primordial Force: Taoists long ago—before the modern scientific discoveries of electromagnetism. Historically. It can only be truly known by direct personal experience. Sometimes ‘force' and ‘chi' are commonly used loosely and . However. The named is the mother of the myriad creatures. Since they experienced the effects of the invisible forces and energies in the practices and found tremendous benefit for completing their inner alchemy. electric energy power and quantum field mechanics—recognized subtle invisible forces in their subjective personal experience. the Yellow Emperor.
mental and spiritual—within each practitioner's life. See the summary of ‘Dark Matter' for further clarification of the nature of Primordial Force/Chi. we have Master Chia's “Nine Tao Alchemy Formulas of the Immortal Self. This changes the PH balance between the acidic and alkaline states. primordial chi. Master Mantak Chia's lineage of Taoists. recognized as the Physical Universe.” Herein. ‘Tao Alchemy' refers to the practices that collectively bring about important qualitative improvements in all aspects—physical. . They recognized that they needed to change the conditions and qualities of their normal everyday physical life. etc. that all of existence is derived from. culminating in the nameless TAO! DARK MATTER — PRIMORDIAL FORCE/CHI About 90% of the universe is Dark Matter. Inner alchemy: In order to attain this highly evolved state of experience and being. came into being. producing a more favorable quality of body chemistry. hormone balance. the state of existence beyond the r e s t r i c t i o n s o f t i me and s p ac e— i mmo rt al i ty—Tao i s t practitioners strived to discover what was missing and needed.interchangeably. Starting from the Big Bang. energetic. 10% of matter. Many practices combine to achieve the desired results. These estimates are the result of recent measurements and calculations using the latest advancements of space technology and its methods of detection.' learned to change the quality of their inner state of energy in order to more effectively access the original quality of energy. Therefore. This is part of a highly refined process of inner change in the inner state and quality of one's being—inner alchemy— which evolves to higher levels of refinement and experience stage by stage by the individual practitioner. the ‘Inner-AlchemyJust-Practice Taoists. This begins with the simple process of transforming the normal negative emotional energies in the vital organs into the positive qualities.
Because it has mass. The detection of “dark matter” has to be made indirectly.the pinwheel of stars -. looking into outer space with our most sophisticated instruments we can observe gravitational influences on distant stars. the physical universe was everything. In the 20th Century.Basically. the atom appears solid. The existence of uncharged particles is not new. It is surrounded by. gas clouds. During the 19th century our understanding of electromagnetic phenomena was pioneered. a vacuum— nothingness with no content or form. the atom appears very empty. a globe of . nebulae. From the point of view of the electric field. What we normally think of as the 'galaxy' -. and immersed in. but from the point of view of mass. and is apparently stable. The chemical properties of matter became attributable to electrical charge—the same electrical charge found to be responsible for light in the previous century. “dark matter” can exert a gravitational pull on visible matter. but the discovery of “dark matter” seems different from what is known to date in that it makes up at least 90% of the universe. and the knowledge that electricity and magnetism were related phenomena and that light was a form of electromagnetic energy was established. galaxies and other celestial phenomena. a new picture of matter and the atom emerged in quantum mechanics. through the observation of its gravitational effect.is in fact only a part of the entire structure. from the point of view of the prevailing physical science establishment up to the present era. Quantum mechanics showed that not only do we see objects because of electrical charge (and not because of the properties of mass) but also we can hold and feel objects because of the properties of electrical charge (and not because of the properties of mass). So. Until recently there was not sufficient technology or base of knowledge as to the nature of subatomic quanta (wave/particles) or how to detect them in a free state in nature. Space was just ‘empty' space. but we cannot see the matter which produces the influences.
unseen dark matter that makes up at least 90 percent of its mass. of ultimate reality. each of different relative density. it can be matter which is not composed of electrically charged particles.white dwarfs or black holes. The second sheath is a subtle. or awareness of spiritual truth. covering numerous concepts and doctrines. concerned with direct experience. The densest of these sheaths is what we normally regard as our physical body. and is apparently combined with the pranic/chi subtle body.. SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS Mysticism is a discipline involved with knowledge and techniques which are of value in assisting the individual toward spiritual growth. or. The property of “interpenetrability” of this type of “dark matter” with visible matter strikes a chord with the subtle matter of the mystical traditions.” It can be burnt out stars -. . and also would give “dark matter” the ability to interpenetrate with visible matter. i. As an age old tradition which continues to develop. fine-material sheath known as the prana [chi (qi)] or etheric body.” There are two broad categories for the explanation of “dark matter. Spiritual methodology is not based on external experimentation. etc. This simple property makes this matter invisible to our normal vision. but internal observation. The real story of the Universe. the astral body is noted in addition to the etheric body. it seems. the body that is visible to our normal vision. which are made up of matter from different planes. In western mysticism. This gives the visible body life and consciousness through the prana/chi. it could pass right through visible matter. It is a very pragmatic discipline. Spiritual Traditions from India and Tibet Humans are composed of several interpenetrating sheaths or subtle bodies.e. The other sheaths are not visible to our everyday vision. mysticism is expansive. is in its “dark matter.
which appears before us as our visible body. mind body. or in the highest states of meditation. The chakras/cauldrons collect. are viewed as being penetrated and motivated by a still deeper and finer matter. Soul body. spirit [shen in in Taoist terminology]. or spiritual understandings. and thus contain the grosser ones. and visible body. In mysticism. from the finest matter down to the densest form of matter. the finest matters appear to be associated with the deepest truths. prana/chi body. The fourth sheath is the body of our potential consciousness. however. the spirit body —which penetrates all the previous ones—is the body of the highest. which are also not visible to our normal vision.The next even finer sheath is our ‘thought body' or ‘personality. Just as the material body is built up through nourishment. but are mutually penetrating forms of matter. This ‘finer spirit matter' penetrates these grosser bodies and stores up the material that our thought and imagination draws its substance from. These sheaths are not separate layers forming around a center. universal consciousness. The last and finest sheath [fifth] . It comprises the totality of our spiritual capacities and is apparently equivalent to the soul in western mysticism. the body of active thought-consciousness penetrates the functions of prana in the same way and determines the form of bodily appearance. It is therefore only the spiritual body that penetrates all the five layers and thus integrates all organs and faculties of the individual into one complete whole. This body is necessary for rational and intellectual thinking. while being penetrated and kept alive by the vital forces of the prana/chi.' our mental body. which extends far beyond our active thoughts. The corresponding finer or subtler sheaths penetrate. Prana—or Chi (Qi) in Taoist Terminology Along with these sheaths or mystical bodies are the energy centers or chakras [cauldrons in Taoist lore]. It is only experienced in a state of enlightenment. .
but all these bodies and chakras interact with each other to form the whole human being. if the universe contained ‘atoms' which were held together by a ‘force' other than the electromagnetic force. East Meets West The “dark matter” can be defined as matter which is void of charged particles and therefore cannot be seen with our normal vision and can interpenetrate with visible matter. which are two channels wrapped around the susumna-nadi/meridian in a spiral fashion. these truths are as real to them as scientific truths are to the scientist. or the nadis. To a certain extent. They establish a direct connection among the seven chakras/cauldrons. In Tibetan [and Taoist] descriptions. these ‘atoms' would not be visible to our normal vision and could interpenetrate with visible atoms. By turning inward. which runs like a hollow channel through the center of the spinal column (relative to the visible body) and the ida and pingala. With our ordinary vision we cannot see the mystical subtle bodies. These chakras/cauldrons are at points in which ‘psychic forces' and bodily functions merge into each other or penetrate each other. pingala and ida are often simply called the ‘right and left nadi. we are constantly using these subtle bodies even though we are not conscious of them. or the chakras. To function as a human being. they parallel the nerve-system in the body. and meeting susumna in the perineum at the base of the spine. .' and there is no mention of a spiral movement of these nadis around the susumna. Connecting the sheaths (kosas) and chakras/cauldrons are subtle vessels called nadis/meridians. However. there are three major nadis/meridians—the central channel or susumna.transform and distribute the forces flowing through them. For example. which serve as conductors of the energies that flow through the subtle bodies. To the true practitioner of mysticism. and they are very numerous. starting from the left and the right nostrils respectively. mysticism has concentrated its exploration of the universe on those concepts which are of value to spiritual growth.
” if they physically exist (have mass)."13 To the mystic who has acquired awareness of his subtle bodies. but they exist in man also. but the true mystics have developed techniques that make it possible for them to experience the universe from the perspective of their subtle bodies. looking at the accounts of individuals who have experienced these other planes of matter (such as during near-death experiences or in mystical states). it would appear . man can experience the corresponding outer world when he becomes conscious of that respective subtle body. and it is through these various vehicles that he is able to receive impressions from the world to which they correspond. Furthermore. In so doing they can look out upon the universe and observe the “dark matter” with their “dark matter” subtle body vision. C. He has not only the physical body which we see.W. Again. and through the different unique types of subtle matter of which we consist.” How could they have known that such a matter could exist? In our everyday life we are unaware of the existence of these subtle bodies. and consisting in each case of their matter. and he is therefore provided with a suitable vehicle of matter belonging to each. Leadbeater said “All these varieties of finer matter exist not only in the world without. Long before “dark matter” was discovered.Recalling what we know of the mystical properties of subtle bodies and subtle matter. “dark matter” is not dark. Leadbeater says “The soul of man has not one body but many bodies. but he has within him what we may describe as bodies appropriate to these various planes of nature. Interpenetration with visible matter is a property of “dark matter” which is void of charged particles.”12 Through our visible body we are able to experience the visible world. the subtle bodies capable of interpenetrating our visible body must be composed of various forms of uncharged “dark matter. What the mystics were describing was a type of “dark matter” long before scientists discovered “dark matter. for when he is sufficiently evolved he is able to express himself on all these different levels of nature.
not the likely source of the “dark matter” we are discussing. To have some sort of primordial "dark matter" present before the Big . Some form of “dark matter” [‘Primordial Chi' or ‘Original Force' in Taoist terminology] may have existed before the Big Bang.that the sense of time and space associated with these various forms of subtle matter are different from that associated with visible matter. COSMOLOGY Our scientific understanding of the Big Bang as a single energy event which presumably created simultaneously all matter and time and space. as is also the red shift which originally indicated an expanding universe. The microwave background radiation of the universe (the “echo” of the Big Bang). and this suggests that time-space relationships are dependent upon the type of matter one is conscious of or experiencing. Clearly this would make it very difficult to communicate these experiences to those familiar with only our usual sense of time and space. is. We can no longer assume that all matter was created at the Big Bang. a Creation “which is divided into seven major planes of consciousness or matter”14. Each subtle body seems to have a unique sense of time and space. interestingly enough. could have existed before the Big Bang. and primordial nucleosynthesis (Big Bang atomic nuclear production) are the two quantitative tests supporting the hot Big Bang Theory. Of course both of these phenomena are based on radiation producing (luminous matter) observation. Subtle “dark matter. even though luminous matter clearly was. because our comprehension of the Big Bang is based on the behavior of visible (luminous) matter. The traditional view of mysticism is that the more dense forms of matter were born out of the finer forms of matter.” however. Our understanding of this event is sufficient that these unique types of subtle “dark matter” were not very likely formed in that event. Our present scientific understanding of the origins of the Universe indicates that matter was created out of the Big Bang about 15 billion years ago.
What we tend to think of as a sheer void (if all of space were emptied of matter and energy and you examined even the space between the stars) is.Bang would indicate that the Big Bang was created out of a certain percentage of this primordial "dark matter.. These scientists believe that the ‘Zero Point Field' is the all-pervasive ground state throughout the universe. This summary is from “‘Dark Matter'--The Physical Basis for Mysticism”. or nothingness. compiled and edited (with Taoist terms added) by Dennis Huntington. Basic Substructure of the Universe: No particle ever stays completely at rest but is constantly in motion due to a ground state field of energy constantly interacting with all . in subatomic terms.' Thus. Ph. the Zero Point Field. paragraph 2: “The Tao believes that our Earth is the energy center of the galaxies of our universe. with zero-point fluctuation as the underlying mechanism acting on quantum entities and causing one entity to affect the others—it means that every part of the universe can be in touch with every other part instantaneously. a hive of activity. one quality of subatomic particles is ‘non-locality.D. There is a giant reservoir of energy that every quantum physicist is well aware of. This summary has been extracted. “I S 9 T A F” text section Primordial Force and Dark Matter. According to quantum theory.” ZERO POINT FIELD. This point of view is supported by the most advanced scientists of today in the field of quantum mechanics. 18 pages." but not all of it was "converted" to luminous matter. ©Deno Kazanis. including the ‘Dark Matter'. Quantum mechanics has demonstrated that there is no such thing as a vacuum. Any part of that article may be copied providing credit is given. Thus we still have much of this primordial "dark matter" around. 1997.
What we believe to be our stable. so a subatomic event occurring within a tiny time frame involves an uncertain amount of energy. It means that the basic substructure of the universe is a sea of quantum fields that can-not be eliminated by any known laws of physics. The fleeting particles generated during this brief moment are known as ‘virtual particles. where all matter has been removed and nothing is supposedly left to make any motion. the theory went. causing random fluctuations of energy with-out any apparent cause.' They differ from real particles because they only exist during that exchange. In physics equations. this subatomic exchange gives rise to enormous energy —more than is contained in all the matter in the entire world. it didn't count. Because it didn't change anything. Zero-point energy was the energy present in the emptiest state of space at the lowest possible energy. Zero-Point Fluctuation: Still Detectable in Temperatures of Absolute Zero. But because of the uncertainty principle there will always be some residual jiggling due to virtual particle exchange.subatomic matter. It had always been largely discounted because it is ever-present. To the . out of which no more energy could be removed—the closest that motion of subatomic matter ever gets to zero. it is an annoyance. A Quantum Sea of Light: To the quantum physicist. which are believed to appear out of nowhere. it didn't change anything. When added across the universe. to be subtracted away and discounted. most physicists would subtract troublesome zero-point energy away – a process called ‘renormalization. All elementary particles interact with each other by exchanging energy through other quantum particles. combining and annihilating each other in less than an instant (10-23 seconds).' Because zero-point energy was ever-present. static universe is in fact a seething maelstrom of subatomic particles fleetingly popping in and out of exis-tence. the lowest possible energy state. Virtual Particles: We cannot know both the energy and the lifetime of a particle. The Zero Point Field was called ‘zero' because fluctuations in the field are still detectable in temperatures of absolute zero.
but with all the . which is constantly redistributed in a dynamic pat-tern. so that even ‘real' particles are nothing more than a little knot of energy which briefly emerges and disappears back into the underlying field. What quantum calculations show is that we and our universe live and breathe in what amounts to a sea of motion—a quantum sea of light. Constant Exchange: In the quantum world. A field is a matrix or medium which connects two or more points in space. it is science proving the miracu-lous. or waves. This sort of emission and re-absorption of virtual particles occurs not only among photons and electrons. sending out waves of energy at the speed of light. is simply an electrical field and a magnetic field which intersect. for example. technically. usually via a force. Particles cannot be separated from the empty space around them. An electromagnetic field. like gravity or electromagnetism. This constant exchange is an intrinsic property of particles. the individual entity is transient and insubstan-tial. The notion of an electromagnetic field is simply a convenient abstrac-tion to try to make sense of the seemingly remarkable actions of electricity and magnetism and their ability to influence objects at a distance – and. The force is usually represented by ripples in the field. According to quantum field theory. a field is a region of influence. The field is considered that area of space where this charge and its effects can be detected. What quantum physicists have found is that the energy in the Zero Point Field keeps acting on particles so that they never come to rest but always keep moving. quantum fields are not mediated by forces but by exchange of energy. An electric field and a magnetic field form around any electric charge. even in conditions at a temperature of absolute zero.religious or the mystic. Both electrical and mag-netic fields have two polarities (negative and positive) and both will cause any other charged object to be attracted or repelled. Simply put. Fluctuations in the atomic world amount to a ceaseless passing back and forth of energy. into infinity – with no detectable sub-stance or matter in between. Field of Fields: Inex-haustible Energy. FIELD: REGION OF INFLUENCE.
The ZERO POINT FIELD IS A REPOSITORY OF ALL FIELDS AND ALL GROUND ENERGY STATES AND ALL VIRTUAL PARTICLES—A FIELD OF FIELDS. the Zero Point Field accounts for the stability of the hydrogen atom – and. Every exchange of every virtual particle radiates energy. Regarding the wave-particle nature of quantum entities. and all the motion of all the particles of the universe in turn generate the Zero Point Field—a sort of selfgenerating feedback loop across the cosmos. Electrons get their energy to keep going without slowing down because they are refueling by tapping into these fluctuations of empty space. or chi (qi). described in ancient texts as something akin to an energy field. It even echoes the Old Testament's account of God's first dictum: ‘Let there be light. ZPF: Self-Generating Feedback Loop across the Cosmos. inex-haustible energy source. It is a kind of self- . the stability of all matter. balanced at exactly the right orbit. Fluctuations of the Zero Point Field waves drive the motion of subatomic particles. The existence of the Zero Point Field (ZPF) implies that all matter in the universe is interconnected by waves. To give some idea of the magnitude of this energy source. by inference. Electrons lose and gain energy constantly from the Zero Point Field in a dynamic equilibrium. which are spread out through time and space and can carry on to infinity. there is also a larger implication of a vast underlying sea of energy. such as the Chinese belief in the life force. you come up with a vast. it has been described thusly: the energy in a single cubic meter of space is enough to boil all the oceans of the world. If you add up all the particles of all varieties in the universe constantly popping in and out of being. tying one part of the universe to every other part. The stable state of matter depends for its very existence on this dynamic interchange of subatomic particles with the sustaining zero-point energy field. In other words.quantum parti-cles in the universe. The idea of the ZPF might just offer a scientific expla-nation for many metaphysical notions.' out of which matter was created. NON-LOCALITY: Expla-nation for many metaphysical notions.
called ‘constructive interference. When two waves are in phase and overlap each other – technically called ‘interference' – the combined amplitude of the waves is greater than that of the individual amplitudes.' If one is peaking when the other is troughing. each wave contains information. The signal gets stronger. Interference patterns amount to a constant accumulation of information. about the other. the vacuum is the beginning and the end of everything in the universe.' Once they've collided. From the ZPF perspective. we now discover that the relationship of mass to energy was more a statement about the energy of quarks and electrons in what we call matter caused by interaction with the Zero Point Field fluc-tuations. This amounts to an imprinting or exchange of information. which constantly refreshes itself and remains a con-stant unless disturbed in some way. and waves have a virtually infinite capacity for storage. in the form of energy coding. QUANTUM ENTITIES: MASS IS AN IL-LUSION! The perspective of recognizing the dynamics of wave-particle fluctuation interactions with the ZPF provides a more refined clarification of Einstein's famous formula E = mc2. It also means that we and all the matter of the universe are literally connected to the furthest reaches of the cosmos through the Zero Point Field waves of the grandest dimensions.regenerating grand ground state of the universe. One of the most important aspects of waves is that they are encoders and carriers of information. The equation has always implied that en-ergy (one distinct physical entity in the universe) turns into mass (another distinct physical entity). including all the other information it contains. As the harbinger and imprinter of all wavelengths and all frequencies. the subatomic waves of the ZPF are constantly imprinting a record of the shape of everything. ZPF: A Mirror Image and Record of Everything That Ever Was. they tend to cancel each other out – a process called ‘destructive interfer-ence. a mirror image and record of everything that ever was. As all subatomic matter in the world is interacting constantly with this ambient ground-state energy field. In the lan-guage of . In a sense. the ZPF is a kind of shadow of the universe for all time.
there is no mass. matter is not a fundamental property of physics. anything you hold in your hand. The implication is that both inertia and gravitation are electromagnetic phenomena resulting from inter-action with this field. how large. Mass is not equivalent to energy. What gives an object mass (or inertia) so that it requires an effort to start it moving. even more fundamentally. The larger the object. the magnetic field is a component of the Zero Point Field. Or. Inertia is what is termed a Lorentz force – a force that slows particles moving through a magnetic field. Everything in your world. and exactly the same effort to restore it to its original state is the fact that so-called empty space is actually a cauldron of seething energies—the Zero Point Field.quantum physics. There is only charge. The Einstein equation was simply a recipe for the amount of energy necessary to create the appearance of mass. It means that there aren't two fundamental physical entities – something material and another immaterial – but only one: energy. In this instance. a 'temporary place holder' for a more general quantum vacuum reaction effect. All that was happening was that this background sea of energy was opposing acceleration by gripping on to the subatomic particles whenever you pushed on an object. mass is energy. reacting with the charged subatomic particles. no matter how dense. The property of inertia possessed by all objects in the physical universe is simply resistance to being accelerated through the Zero Point Field. Mass is a ‘bookkeeping device. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If the Zero Point Field has imprinted everything that ever happened in the world through wave . the more particles it contains and the more it is held stationary by the field. on its most fundamental level boils down to a collection of electric charges interacting with a background sea of electromagnetic and other energetic fields—a kind of electromagnetic drag force. how heavy. What this is basically saying is that the corporeal stuff we call matter and to which all physicists since Newton have attributed an innate mass is an il-lusion.
With such a vast energy bank to be harnessed.' and the Wu Chi —referring to this subatomic quantum realm with Taoist terms. That would require that our bodies operated according to the laws of the quantum world. The ZPF demonstrates that the real currency of the universe – the very reason for its stability – is an exchange of energy. The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe. which shows that everything is in some sort of connection and balance with the rest of the cosmos. If we were all connected through the ZPF. the ‘primordial force. It might even be possible to organize these fluctuations somehow through an act of will.interference encoding. HarperCollins Publishers. . Maybe this acts as a non-biochemical ‘memory' in the universe. Great Britain 2001 and the U. This kind of information might account for coherent particle and field structures. There might also be an ascending ladder of other possible information structures. perhaps coherent fields around living organisms. if human beings had some sort of quantum structure allowing them access to it.] GOOD NEWS! That is what the Tao and goal the Universal Tao System of practices is all about: attuning ourselves to our more subtle ‘quantum structure' within in order to function in accordance with our innate capacities in the interpenetrating quantum world that we are already a part of. from Chapter Two ‘The Sea of Light' by investigative journalist and author Lynne McTaggart. as imprinted upon this fluid. [The preceding information relating to the Zero Point Field was gleaned from THE FIELD. mutable field of information.S. edition in 2002. It is a process of returning to our subtle nature as we connect our awareness and consciousness with our chi. The Zero Point Field represents nothing less than a unifying concept of the universe. But there is the stum-bling block. The universe's very currency might be learned information. virtu-ally anything could be possible—that is. first Quill edition published 2003. then it just might be possible to tap into this vast reservoir of energy information and extract information from it.
When you have this perception. you will then know the true secret of the sages: The mind of one who returns to the Source becomes the Source. “Let all phenomena come and go.] … He is neither Chuang Tzu nor the butterfly. page 304. In fact. We need not be terrified of it. but to realize that there is some underlying essence beneath it all.” concluded Slender Gourd. Cast off this imaginary limitation that separates you from the Way. Don't identify with phenomena. first HarperCollins Paperback Edition published in 1993] .” “Do not fear the sensations you feel during meditation. They provide an ambience for dips in the ‘Quantum Sea of Light' in the mother lode of darkness by awakening our inner vision capacities and opening ourselves to the interconnectedness with the universe(s) accessed within.” [CHRONICLES OF TAO." added Crystal Spring. death is a mere transformation. Let your finiteness merge with the infinite. … [He dreamed he was a butterfly. HarperSanFrancisco. Far from becoming diminished. He is both at once. The Secret Life of a Taoist Master. by Deng Ming-Dao. What is important is not to be deceived by the dualistic question of whether he was one or the other.Darkroom Retreat meditation practices are conducted yearly in February at Tao Garden. “that Chuang Tzu is throwing us a diversion. our sentimental emotions are totally irrelevant. Even death is a part of such illusion. not an end.” “So you see. but instead look deeply into the Tao and its source. … [Reference to the changing states of water] … In the same way. you will become infinite yourself. EXAMPLE OF TAOIST INSIGHT AND EXPERIENCE: “Change is constant in nature. Forget the illusion of a separate existence. A Division of HarperCollins Publishers.
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